One of the biggest issues with rental housing that is available in Byron is the incredibly inflated cost.
A typical situation that arises, is where you will find 5-6 people sharing a 2-3 bedroom apartment, just to be able to afford these rents. I have one close to where I live, that is essentially three bedrooms, that often has 5-7 tenants, also even living in the garage and in the lounge room. This apartment has just gone up for rent again – at $550 a week.
There are a lot of houses with up to three students crammed into a small bedroom, with the real ‘rental’ tenants essentially sub-letting their rooms to be able to afford, once again, to pay the inflated rents. But in many cases, these ‘tenants’ are also making a packet-load on this type of ‘sub-letting’, taking advantage of the fact that there is no real affordable housing whatsoever, for students or those on low to middle incomes!
The ‘boarding house’ mentioned in this article is also just around the corner from my place. But, it is not [what I would call] a ‘boarding house’: these will be 20 separate dwellings on a block that’s not much bigger than a normal house block. From what I can see, it only has parking for eight vehicles, another issue that arises with high-density living, the increase in those having to park on the streets.
There needs to be some kind of regulation happen in Byron, with regard to holiday lets and just plain greedy tenants taking advantage of the lack of affordable rentals. There are many cases just like the ‘schoolies slumlord’ of a few years ago, and these should be addressed.
Nicqui Yazdi, Byron Bay