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    Laurea- Maybe not more worthy but more of a risk to society on the streets? It does sound completely unfair though.

    Good luck m2b, do you have family you can stay with?

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    hi there is also emergency housing and places such as rent connect that can help you out etc... also go and see your local member of parliament (State) they can also help out i recommend this strongly!!... you need lots of supporting documentation to state that you are going to be homeless etc etc... unfortunately there are not enough houses for the people that need it... you need to ensure you have provided everything they have asked for then add more... call them... consistently... and reasess where you have nominated the places to live.... make sure they arent areas with longer waiting lists.... i hope it all works out for you xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by mum2bubba View Post
    Well I might be homeless soon. I am a bit behind in rent and I am on a month by month basis (my lease ended last month), I am trying to get money together for rent and my case worker is seeing about rental bond etc (ex was late paying cs) and if I get kicked out I'll have nowhere to go.
    That's why I pay a little bit extra each week. Even if it's $10, it means I have a back up for hard weeks.

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    Can you possibly talk to your landlord / real estate about your situation ? Maybe they could give you some leniency ? I hope things sort themselves out for you and your kids good luck

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    *hugs*

    have you visited any charity organisations to see if they can offer you some help? They might be able to give you some food vouchers so you can put that $$ toward the rent

    i hope you can sort something out

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    A lot depends on the state that you live in as public housing is run by state departments and isn't a federal program. In QLD it's much easier to get housed than say South Australia. That is due to many factors, the biggest one being that you do get moved out of your public house once your household income reaches a certain cap - you don't have the house "for life" anymore. In SA they still have housing "for life" regardless of whether your financial situation changes. In SA they also sold off a lot of stock and didn't replace it and what is left a lot of it is old and run-down, but they don't inject money into the department to fix those houses so they can be rented out. QLD has invested a lot of money into buying/building new flats/houses so there is much more stock available.

    I was living in QLD and had a restraining order against my ex, was raising an autistic boy and was the mother of 4 children - I waited 13 months but did get housed. IN SA I have been told to not expect a house unless I am living in my car - regardless of anything else - the only housing that becomes available here are the houses where the previous tenants have been taken out in a box. Even emergency housing (ie living in a car) can take 3 years +. People have died waiting for housing. There was a story a while back about a woman with emphesyma who was on the list and was living in a drafty, damp caravan while she waited for a house. She died before getting housed and her specialists have said that living in the caravan drastically reduced her life - she waited over 4 years for a house at that point. IF she can't get housed within 4 years, I doubt I have any hope at all - I am in perfect health.

    I have considered moving back to Townsville just so I can get a department house as I am not coping with the rent very well on my own (I have 5 kids and am paying $370 a week rent for a 3 bedroom that is fast becoming too small for us). I won't be classed as "homeless" (and therefore won't be entitled to emergency housing) because my family all live here and they would not let me live in a car....but living with family means I am not "homeless" according to housing. I will possibly die before getting housed (right now it's an estimated 50 year wait for anything but emergency housing -that is how bad the situation is here). The only way I could get a house here would be if I committed a crime, got locked away in jail and then entered a release program where they would house me (in a tiny 1 bed flat as I won't have the kids at that point). My options are pretty bleak in that respect.

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    Thanks again everyone. I don't have any family to help out, well maybe a bit financially but not anywhere to live (my sister adn her boyfriend are renting out 2 houses and are thinking of getting a third but they won't rent it to me). I have a roof over my head for now, but not sure how much longer I don't have anywhere to go. My dad has a 3 b/room unit too, with one room empty (one of my sisters moved out with her bf recently) and he said "if you didn't have kids, you could move in here."

    If I have to continue with private rent I would have to move out somewhere cheaper which wouldn't be a bad idea cos my ex is around the corner, Hayley doesn't want to move schools though but I guess it's something she'll have to accept. I don't want to move too far though. And I am worried the real estate would put a bad word down against my name because rent is late.

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    I would call the agent and explain what is happening, they may be able to help find you a cheaper place or some kind of agree ment that you pay once child support is received? If you are honest you may at least get through without getting black listed

    I have no ideas about child support but I assume you are doing what you can to get it

    It must be a horrible situation to be in *hugs*

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    Quote Originally Posted by mum2bubba View Post
    Thanks again everyone. I don't have any family to help out, well maybe a bit financially but not anywhere to live (my sister adn her boyfriend are renting out 2 houses and are thinking of getting a third but they won't rent it to me). I have a roof over my head for now, but not sure how much longer I don't have anywhere to go. My dad has a 3 b/room unit too, with one room empty (one of my sisters moved out with her bf recently) and he said "if you didn't have kids, you could move in here."

    If I have to continue with private rent I would have to move out somewhere cheaper which wouldn't be a bad idea cos my ex is around the corner, Hayley doesn't want to move schools though but I guess it's something she'll have to accept. I don't want to move too far though. And I am worried the real estate would put a bad word down against my name because rent is late.
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    Not every landlord will put someone on the tenancy databases, for starters you need to be a paid up member of the database in order to list a tenant - not all landlords choose to belong to TICA or NTD etc. Secondly, there are now laws government the usage of these databases and they vary from state to state. In QLD for instance you cannot list a tenant on a database unless you have a court ordered judgement of money owing AND the tenant is not paying on the judgement. Also the amount owing needs to exceed the bond. Different states are different but that is the case in QLD. If you are listed without those criteria being met you can demand that TICA/NTD remove your name AND you can seek compensation for damages from the person who listed you.

    Even if your landlord CAN list you and DOES list you....it's not the end of the world. You will probably have more luck renting privately than through a real estate agency as most private landlords don't subscribe to those tenancy databases (the membership for those are predominantly real estate agencies) so even if you are listed it won't necessarily mean that it will prevent you from ever finding a place. I got this place through gumtree and it's through a private landlord and I have to tell you it's brilliant to not have to deal with a REA. I am not listed on any databases and I have a stellar rental history with not a single late rental payment in the last 10 years I have rented. I had trouble finding a place though because of the fact that I have 5 kids, don't work and previously lived in government housing (apparently that must mean I am a worthless bum). The biggest issue was the REA and their stupid formula of rent not exceeding more than a 3rd of your income.....hmmmm when rent is a minimum of $350 a week here for a 3 bedroom (and I really need a 4 bedder) it's hard to find anything within those limits, especially as they told me they don't accept child support as income because it's "unreliable" so I was stuck with PPS and FTB as my only form of income (which was reduced due to the child support I recieve, that the REA didn't count as income). The houses that DID fall into the budget were so tiny that the REA dismissed my application based on the number of children I had. I put an add on Gumtree and had 3 responses!!! I got accepted by the landlord for all of them and chose the best one - it was a great feeling to have some choice.

    Sometimes you need to think outside the box. Real estate agencies are not the only option - in fact I don't think they are even the best option. I am paying much less for my property than what I would have paid through an agency and I can contact the landlord directly for any repairs and it gets done instantly. The only reason I want/need to move is that I really do need a 4 bedroom house for my kids.

    What are the reasons given by your sister for not renting their 3rd house out to you? Would they negotiate with you? Even let you rent it temporarily until you find another place? Surely, she won't leave her sister and neices/nephew homeless if she has property available? My family is really close knit so that just surpises me......
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    Definitely talk to you agency or landlord.

    We were close to kicking out tenants (who had 5 kids) because they had fallen a long way behind in rent. Out of the blue our old neighbours rang us to tell us that the tenants had broken up, the husband was quite abusive and the wife was struggling. They had a hunch we didn't know what was going on and felt we should know.

    Because we knew what was happening we were able to get in touch with the wife (previously hadn't been answering calls), let her know we knew the change in her circumstances and offer support. She was relieved and so were we.

    She already had a plan for catching up on the rent but had been too nervous to tell us because she figured a single mum of 5 - pregnant with 6th - wouldn't get a chance. But because we knew the background we were able to work with her so we were all happy.


 

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