Renters’ plight

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - JAMES GRA­HAM

ON A mo­men­tous week in which the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment an­nounced more fund­ing for Shute Har­bour; and the Air­lie Beach la­goon re-opened, I hate to be the party-pooper.

But I re­ally do feel for the scores of Whit­sun­day res­i­dents caught up in the on-go­ing rental cri­sis that’s grip­ping the re­gion in the wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Our jour­nal­ist Peter Car­ruthers tells the heart­break­ing story (page 6) of one Can­non­vale mum caught up in the short­fall.

Her plight is just the tip of the ice­berg, with many oth­ers we ap­proached too fright­ened to speak out for fear of reprisals from land­lords.

I don’t know about you, but there’s some­thing about hear­ing those types of sto­ries that sticks in the craw.

I know home own­ers are al­ways look­ing to max­imise re­turns, and I’m also told that ten­ants here have had a good run with rental prices still short of pre-GFC rates.

But does that mean that fam­i­lies need to be split up and leave the area for good all in the name of profit?

Rest as­sured, this is an is­sue we’ll be fol­low­ing from now on.

We’d love to hear from any­one who would tell us about their ex­pe­ri­ences with land­lords, good or bad.

Mean­while, I think I need to cool off. I’ll see you all down at our swanky new la­goon.

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