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    Default **Vent** Why must rent be so expensive & hard to get :(

    It's hard. All you can do is apply, apply, apply. Keep yourself glued to realestate.com so you will be able to get your application in fast when new properties are listed.

    Have copies of all your i.d and documentation scanned on a flash drive or on the computer so you have everything ready to apply each time.

    I wouldn't say any of the last 3 houses we rented 'ticked all the boxes' in terms of what we really desire in a rental. The first was on a busy road near a club, the 2nd was in a less desirable suburb & our current home is quite old and has zero renovations.

    Sadly, it is sometimes necessary to lower your standards in order to snare a property.

    Keep your chin up and be persistent. Good luck

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    Default **Vent** Why must rent be so expensive & hard to get :(

    I know how you feel. . We are in Darwin and rent is atrocious. We are paying $520 for a 3 bedroom dirty, old place right next to a main road. Plus it's not even in town but in the satellite city of Darwin.

    What worked for us was personally going in to all the real estate offices. Explaining how much we could pay, and where we were looking etc. We also got rental application forms from all of them so that when we went to the house, if we liked it we could give them the application straight away.

    We also have a cat and got a previous land lord to write a reference for him, saying how good he was.

    I hope you can find something soon. Renting sucks!

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    I know how you all feel! DP and I currently share a house with 2 of his friends as it's the only way we can afford rent! Our lease is up in the last week of Feb and now everything has fallen apart and we have no way to afford a bond for a new place with all the bills we have coming up around the same time! (2 lots of car rego ). We really are at a loss we have nowhere to go and DP just got offered a new job which is great but all the banks we've seen about a home loan say he has to be in the job a minimum of 3 months before we qualify for the size loan we need despite being eligible for around $25k of Government and land developer help to go towards the deposit. No idea what is going to happen

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    Default **Vent** Why must rent be so expensive & hard to get :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Mummabearr View Post
    I'm in WA too!
    Yeah me too. I lived in a fibro sh*tbox with NO AIRCON for 3 years while saving deposit. Then bought this 2 bed place we're in now. Luckily we could do it before we had kids so could cope with the heat and now tiny place. Took big sacrifices to get into the market.

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    Default Re: **Vent** Why must rent be so expensive & hard to get :(

    We moved interstate from Sydney to gold coast because we were in a large 3 bed apartment in an older walk up, with "original kitchen and bathroom" slowly falling apart inside, when we asked to have the carpet that was peeling away from the floor and getting to be thread bare in patches repaired the agent came out and had a look, and they didn't fix it - they put up the price. We were already paying $470. The apartment directly below us with identical layout, but more recently updated was $700-750 a week.

    We did look around in Sydney but it was just depressing.

    So we decided to move. I'd rathered move interstate than have settled for something with an hour commute, in outer suburbs, to get better value than we already had.

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    Default Re: **Vent** Why must rent be so expensive & hard to get :(

    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Isn't it now illegal to advertise a rental with a price range and not a fixed price?
    I thought that too but i've still seen it advertised on a few properties in NSW.

    Op, it's absolutely horrible how the rental market has turned out.
    I had to move within a rather small time frame at the end of last year.
    I ended up in an old, poorly maintained hovel in the middle of a huge housing commision area. It's 2 suburbs away from my kids school and costs me half my income in rent each week.
    I hope you have some luck rental wise soon.!

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    Default Re: **Vent** Why must rent be so expensive & hard to get :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Mummabearr View Post
    Thanks It's just so frustrating especially when they leave the price open like that!

    We have almost been accepted for several applications, but have been asked to pay more because the other applicant has put there willing to pay more $$ per week.
    In some cases upto $100 more than the advertised price... And of course the owner is going to choose them lol.
    Really? I find that so immoral! I'm a property manager and I've never rented a property to someone just because they're willing to pay more, and people do offer. I much prefer to rent a property based on the quality of application, over the quantity of rent offered.

    I know some offices have rent auctions, but there's no way I'd do that either.

    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Isn't it now illegal to advertise a rental with a price range and not a fixed price?
    Every state has different laws, NSW can do auctions if they want to.

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    Default **Vent** Why must rent be so expensive & hard to get :(

    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMoosMum View Post
    We pay $360 p/w for a 3 bdrm 1 bath with single carport rental in Townsville. Not too suprised in brisbane we were paying $325 for a 4 bdrm 2 bath double lockup.
    Mayborough was the best for price town is slightly dying which is the only downfall but for a 3 bdrm 1 bath lockup we were paying $225.

    We've always had no issue with finding a rental til we moved to townsville it took us 22 applications til we got one. Just gotta be persistant. Best of luck
    God $325 for a 4 bed 2 bath in Brisbane is almost unheard of now!! We pay $360 for ours that is older and about 40mins north of the city. That's the absolute cheapest you see down here these days!!!

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    Omg I haven't been on this site in ages (because we have had to move) and just browsed through the general chat and found this. I totally understand what you're all going through.

    I have two boys to my first marriage and my husband and I are finding it impossible to find somewhere to rent. We had a mortgage but had to sell up due to employment problems and now we're at my parents house and I'm finding it literally impossible to find anywhere in our area (Sutherland area) that isn't over $500 a week and with enough space for us all.

    I can honestly say it was easier being a single mother 10 years ago than it is today being married and having two incomes whilst trying to start another family. I don't know what we're going to do, but we're actually considering renting in Wollongong and commuting up here each day now. The rents are impossible.


 

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