Even with a spotless rental record, young families are struggling to find suitable accommodation on the Sunshine Coast.
Even with a spotless rental record, young families are struggling to find suitable accommodation on the Sunshine Coast.

Rental shortage leaves Coast families desperate

A young Coast family is desperately searching for new rental accommodation but with less than five weeks to find a place the outlook is bleak.

Sadly this story is not uncommon.

Moey Lima and his young family have been renting in Peregian for the past two years.

They have been advised the owner of the property has fallen on tough times and will soon be selling the house.

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They have five weeks to find a suitable replacement, but in the current market, that is proving more than challenging.

“The main thing is it’s so stressful,” Mr Lima said.

“You’ve got to have a roof over your head.”

The demand for rental accommodation is so high, Mr Lima’s partner recently went to a rental inspection and was shocked to see 70 people there for the same property.

“We may have to stay with family or friends,” Mr Lima said.

“Maybe we will look at holiday rentals.”

He hoped it would bring to light the issue of holiday rentals and AirBNBs sitting empty for most of the year.

“The owners live in interstate and these places are empty,” he said.

Nav Virk and his wife live in Coolum with their 11-month old daughter.

They both work in Noosa.

The couple are frantically looking for a new place to live after the owner of the property they have been renting for the past two-and-a-half years advised of their interest to move in.

Mr Virk said there were housing options in Maroochydore, but the fact his wife was a leaner driver and having only one car meant that wasn’t viable.

The service station attendant said the Noosa rental market was so competitive, some people were offering to pay rent six months in advance in the hope of getting the property.

“With an 11-month-old we just can’t do that,” he said.

They have until October 1 to find a new place, and even with a spotless rental record, things aren’t looking promising.

“We are good tenants,” Mr Virk said.

“We have always received a full refund on our bond.”


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