In a shocking display of Australia’s extreme and growing housing crisis, a Sydney landlord has offered a dank and small garage for $250 a week.
The listing, posted to a Facebook page for rentals, shows a bed and a mirror propped up against the roller door of a garage, with a fridge and shelf lumped next to the home’s water heater.
“Looking for a person to rent out the garage in Dulwich Hill location $250 a week, four weeks bond, plus bills,” the listing, which has since been deleted, states.
“Must have employment and be able to direct debit rent weekly or fortnightly.
“This leafy quiet location is situated off the main road near to bus/tram, bank, chemist, shops and post office”.
The lucky renter would have shared the house with a 70-year-old female and a 50-year-old male “working in construction”.
The post has gone viral, with Tiktokker Zoe Iron mocking the listing to nearly 36,000 likes.
“Who’s parents are trying to rent out their garage for $250 a week?” she says.
“NOT MY PARENTS. Just a listing I saw on facebook.”
Other Tiktokkers expressed outrage over the listing.
“Are they not embarrassed,” Mage of Flowers commented.
“You need permits in Oz. Garages aren’t damp proof. Tenants can get ill,” Bobby Kins noted.
“250 a month is ok but $250 a week damn,” yourdad said.
“Imagine your Uber eats pulling up and they’re like ‘here;, next minute the garage door starts rolling back,” leomystic said.
Rents have risen sharply across much of the country as demand for housing continues to outstrip available supply.
The national vacancy rate stood at 1.2 per cent as of August.
The crippling imbalance has extended into the single room market despite a substantial upswing in how much people are willing to pay for a room, with most major cities recording double digit year-on-year growth in prices for single rooms.
Median room rent in Sydney has increased 16.7 per cent to hit $350 per week, according to Flatmates.com.au.
Multiple suburbs also showed zero listings for spare rooms in October.
In Sydney’s beachside Clovelly there were 516 people looking for a room with zero available, and in Elizabeth Bay there were 188 seekers and no listings.
For the CBD, the website recorded 139 seekers and zero rooms.