Australians divided over rent list for ‘one-bedroom apartment’ built under house: ‘I’d rather be homeless, thanks’
- A converted garage is rented for $350
- The listing has had mixed reactions from renters
Australians are divided over a rental listing advertised as a ‘one bedroom apartment’ under a house.
The ‘one bedroom fully furnished apartment’ in Woolloongabba, south Brisbane, was advertised for $350 per week, including all bills.
Photos of the property posted to the Facebook marketplace show what appears to be a converted space under a house, next to a garage.
The current tenant, who said he wanted to break his lease, said the ‘gorgeous’ property was ‘within walking distance of Woolloongabba stadium’.
Aussie renters split over $350 rental ad in Woolloongabba, 3km south of Brisbane’s CBD
The current tenant said the ‘nice’ property was ‘within walking distance of Woolloongabba stadium’
It’s perfect for a single person or a couple. It has everything you could ask for. You get this apartment fully furnished with all bills,” he wrote in the ad.
‘You have the right to the backyard and also the porch that allows parking two cars if necessary … The garage has a remote-controlled gate. You just need your clothes to come and live here.’
The mention drew mixed reactions from social media users.
One claimed they would “rather be homeless” than occupy the property, while another attacked the homeowners.
‘I can’t believe these landlords, absolutely disgusting!’ said one.
“Crawlies, mildew and mold will definitely be a big problem. It would be okay if they sealed it.’
Several members of a Facebook tenant group said the space looked like a “fire hazard.”
Others criticized young tenants for being too picky and suggested that the price and terms were acceptable.
‘Damn’ ell. It encompasses everything,” read one comment.
“A couple living together for $350 a week is pretty good and cheap. Young people, that’s called sacrifice.’
But that didn’t go down well with younger users who pointed out that their generation shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice basic living standards, calling the older commenter a “boomer.”
The heated debate comes as the nation grapples with an ongoing housing crisis, with rental vacancy rates at an all-time low and significant price increases.
Several members of a Facebook tenant group claimed the space may have been illegal and ‘incendiary’