My rental blues
I was told “good luck finding a place there” and boy I never thought it would be this hard.
I’ve recently started my job here at the and decided I should move up to enjoy everything Port Douglas has to offer.
So I searched from Wangetti to Wonga for a place to call home in the Douglas Shire. What I found was a classic case of supply and demand, with me on the demand side looking at nothing by way of supply.
It’s also coming up to peak season, so the odds are against me. I don’t have to tell you folk, you already know Port sees a massive influx of visitors all looking for a place to rest their head for a while.
It just seems near impossible for a single income household to rent in Port Douglas.
Places I’ve had my eye on are being snatched from right under me… I’ve scoured all the websites you could think of and from what I can see, most ads are for people seeking a place to live, not the other way around.
I spoke to Kylie Samson at LJ Hooker and she confirmed I wasn’t the only one finding it hard to rent a property.
“We definitely need more property to rent, especially houses,” Mrs Samson said. “We have an oversupply of applications and an undersupply of properties.
“I feel it’s because we had a good season last year with holiday rental properties and a lot of investors have converted to holiday letting, or they have moved into the properties themselves or sold them due to the sales market picking up,” Mrs Samson said.
Gizelle Ghidella . . . tough luck finding a place to rent near Port