Affordable housing is a thing of the past. Every week there seems to be more and more evidence mounting that shows the ongoing nightmare for tenants in Australia. And as someone who moved in 2020 during the COVID lockdowns and again in 2023 when rental prices were at an all-time high, I've experienced both sides of it.
My housemates and I lived in a really big share house for three years before we decided it was time to go our separate ways. One wanted to move in with their partner. Another moved interstate, and that just left my best friend and I, who struggled for weeks before finding the perfect place.
But before that, my housemates and I had to learn the art of negotiating a rent increase. Somewhere into our second year, they wanted to lift the rent by $200 on our $1000 per week place (keep in mind this is four a four-bedroom house). As people in our young twenties, we couldn't afford to pay the new rent but knew we had to wise up if we wanted to stay where we were.
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Thankfully for us, we were able to stay another two years with minimal rent increases. Our landlords were kind to us, but we definitely had to educate ourselves on negotiating. After all, It's not just the affordability of rental properties that has been difficult to grapple with, but also the fact rental vacancies are hitting record lows.