My rental blues

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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