It was a cold and windy Saturday afternoon in January and Claire Car Rentals was waiting for a client.
The 30-year-old business owner and mother of two wanted to see her future son-in-law, but could not find one.
“My son- in-law is a big football fan and I love him, but I have nowhere to go,” Ms Car Rental said.
“I’m not looking to rent a car.
I want to rent my own home.”
Ms Car Ruiter said she was frustrated by the lack of rental options available in Melbourne.
“We had a vacancy and I could have rented an apartment, but there’s nowhere to rent,” she said.
Her friend and fellow car rental company owner, Mark Wilson, said it was a challenge for car owners to find affordable homes.
“In the past few years, the cost of a home has come down so it’s harder to afford a new car,” Mr Wilson said.
“It’s a really frustrating situation.”
Ms Cars rent home has been in the same block of properties for six years.
“You’re not going to get a decent home in Melbourne any more, so you have to find somewhere else,” she told the ABC.
The business owner said she did not think that the council’s new policies would have an impact on the business.
“It’s an opportunity for people to buy a home in the city and I think it’s a positive thing, but it’s not going too far,” she explained.
“There are a lot of other things that can be done to help people in Melbourne.”
A spokeswoman for Melbourne City Council said the council had not seen a report on the issue and it was not yet possible to comment on the matter.
Topics:housing-industry,social-development,community-and-society,community,community_and-multicultural-festivals,melbourne-3000,vic,au First posted May 15, 2019 17:27:33