The rent crisis in Sydney forced me and my roommate into a horror market

I heard horror stories from roommates who lived without electricity or water in their house for three months after an electrical fire, a couple whose front door fell down three times while their agent refused to fix it, and a couple whose house ran out of sewage was flooded. Another friend who had lived in his apartment for five years and was a model renter pushed back a $100-a-week rent increase, only to learn there were plenty of people out there who would be happy to pay the price.


I’m no longer surprised when friends tell me their rent is going up, that they’ve been given a notice of termination, or that their circumstances aren’t ideal. It’s more of a surprise to hear that renters haven’t heard from their agent.

Fortunately, my nightmare story has a happy ending. This time. Yes, we got kicked out, but we were one of the lucky few who got a spot. That said, my heart goes out to those who are still looking, to those who live in a hotel, or move back in with their parents, or who are too expensive and live on the streets or have money to spend who don’t really need a roof on their heads. Australia’s rent crisis was avoidable. The real estate market is not an animal of its own. It is fed by greed and must follow a strict diet.

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Justin Scacco

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