Competition for rentals forces family of five to sleep in car
A POMONA family will spend tonight in their car because of the overheated Sunshine Coast rental market.
Jade McCulloch, her husband Boaz, and sons Seth, 8, Kaleb, 8, and Lucien, 5, will be homeless this afternoon because they cannot find a new home.
They were given a notice to leave last month after their current four-bedroom home was sold and have tried desperately to find new accommodation with no success.
Mrs McCulloch said she was at her wit's end after applying for 16 rental properties all over the region including Tewantin, Coolum, Cooroy, Yandina, Noosa, Pomona and Gympie.
She said she had applied for properties via real estate agents and privately, but had been knocked back because competition was so great.
She said there were no black marks on their rental history and they had strong references.
Her husband is employed full-time and they are members of the community, belonging to the Noosa Sea Scouts and Noosa Show Society.
"It's at the point that I can't believe it's happening," Mrs McCulloch said.
"You can't receive Centrelink payments if you have no fixed address, so I'll lose that," she said.
"It's got beyond a joke. I'm trying to keep it together, but I've been a bit of a mess the last few weeks."
Laguna Real Estate head of property management Kelly Drinnan said there was a high demand and low supply for houses in the Noosa region, resulting in high competition.
"In Noosa itself it is really hard to find a house. There are not many of them," she said.
"We have a list with 15 units and two houses. And for those two houses we have four or five applications. The house market is really hard at the moment."
The McCulloch family is seeking a three-bedroom or two-bedroom-with-a-sunroom home with a $350-per-week price tag.
Mrs McCulloch said they would prefer a pet-friendly home but feared they would have to give up their family dog.
Can you help the McCulloch family? Do you have a property that would suit their needs? Contact the Daily on 5430 8083.