I'm about to get back out there into the rental market but this time as a single mummy - yeh, not! Very nervous about it and it feels very complex. What I'm wondering is how much has your rent increased since you first moved in to your place (if you are a single mum not sharing) and how frequently have they increased it plus how do you cope with the increases?
I think I can afford some places I've found but then I panic about rent increases and I don't want to have to move my child around frequently.
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06-08-2012 23:04 #1Junior Member
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06-08-2012 23:11 #2
Sorry does being a single parent make a difference? I have always had my rent increase whenever the owner can do it I don't think they can increase it anymore than 20% in one go though?
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07-08-2012 01:48 #3
There are guidelines on how much and how often landlords can increase rent. If you look up your states tenancy board they should be able to tell you there, plus it will most likely be written into any lease you sign.
07-08-2012 17:12 #4
My rent hasn't changed where I am and I'm locked into a 12month lease so no changes can be made until that 12 months is up and I have no plans to move anytime soon so it works well.
If you find something within your price range then perhaps sign a longer lease to lock that figure in for a period of time.
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07-08-2012 17:25 #5Sorry does being a single parent make a difference? I have always had my rent increase whenever the owner can do it I don't think they can increase it anymore than 20% in one go though?
I haven't had much luck rental wise over the years. A place i was living in back in 2008 i was renting for $290 a week. The lease expire and the owner put the rent up to $385 per week. There was no way i could afford that so we had to move.
The last property i was renting i paid $280 on the first lease (12 months) Then we were offered another 6 month lease for $290, when that ended we were offered another 6 months at $310.
I've since moved and am only paying $260/week atm but will have to move in the next few months so i won't be around for a rent increase.
07-08-2012 17:25 #6
I'm in Vic, our rent gets increased every 6 months its ridiculous especially when we ask for nothing.
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07-08-2012 20:46 #8I meant as in with the rent increases. I don't think they take your relationship status into consideration when it comes to rent increases or am I totally not seeing the landlords go 'wow they FIFO lets take them for all their worth oh she is a single mum on a pension lets not bump up her rent?'
07-08-2012 21:04 #9
I'm married, but we have lived in this rental for 2 years now and rent has gone up by $5 a week from when we moved in.
This is the first time in my rental history (8 years) that I have ever had an increase.
07-08-2012 21:21 #10
It really depends where you are and the rental market in that area. Perhaps look at suburbs that aren't " up and coming" or towns that are a bit stagnant. I own a house in Brisbane that the rent has been the same for 4 years.
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