THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Desperate AF renters who can’t even with the cost of living in Australia are willing to fork out up to $130 a week to live in TENTS pitched in people’s’ living rooms, backyards and even balconies.

Aussies Legit Forking Out $130 P/W To Rent Tents Pitched Inside Apartments

Dodgy – and often highly illegal – shared living arrangements are popping up all over the place as landlords/renters’ get creative with ways to cover rent i.e. cramming as many housemates as possibly into the same living space to subsidise exorbitant living costs.

The Age came across a number of online ads spruiking tents-for-rent with a price tag of between $90 to $130 a week in Melbourne, which is just fucking ridiculous.

One, posted on Gumtree, asks for $90 a week to live on the enclosed balcony of newly-built block The Emerald on Albert Road, Southbank.

Aussies Legit Forking Out $130 P/W To Rent Tents Pitched Inside Apartments

“The tent is very comfortable. It has electricity and proper thick mattress bed inside, [with] heater provided as well,” says the ad.

Still a tent, but. 

Aussies Legit Forking Out $130 P/W To Rent Tents Pitched Inside Apartments

The advertiser reckons he lived in the tent for six months while renting out the inside rooms to save money.

“I loved it. I work in a suit every day and that’s not me. I’m completely the opposite, more of a country-type person,” he said.

OF COURSE YOU’RE SWEET WITH LIVING ON A BALCONY, BECAUSE YOU HAVE “COUNTRY” TENDENCIES.

In another ad posted to a Korean classifieds site, a tent pitched inside a two-bedroom apartment in inner-city Docklands that’s shared with six other people has a going rate of $130 a week – more exxy than the other because the lucky occupant gets to access the building’s extras, like a gym and swimming pool. 

The tent has been partitioned from the living room with a plastic red screen for total ~privacy~.

Aussies Legit Forking Out $130 P/W To Rent Tents Pitched Inside Apartments

Don’t laugh, because it’s already been snapped up by some poor sucker who has to wake up to the sounds of percolating coffee every morning. 

It’s not just Melbourne: remember when that dude rented a tent on the balcony of his apartment in Sydney‘s Newtown for $215 a week? 

There aren’t actually any local building laws that prevent people subletting apartment space or sleeping in a tent on private property, but Consumer Affairs Victoria *does* require tenants receive written permission before subletting. 

It’s also illegalz for apartments to be separately rented to more than three people without being a registered boarding house which, BTW, none of these are.

FFS, ‘Straya, can you get your housing market shit sorted?

Sincerely,

your balcony-dwelling citizens.

Via The Age.