With two sons who have special needs, Wayne Hackney is feeling the pressure of the tight Echuca-Moama rental property market.RENEE THOMPSON March 21, 2014 4:15am
Nowhere to go: Wayne Hackney and his family have two weeks to find a new home. Photo: RENEE THOMPSON
Echuca resident Wayne Hackney is another example of how the rental shortage in the region is taking its toll.
Mr Hackney has two weeks from today to find another family home to rent.
He received the standard 60 days’ notice to vacate his rental property after his landlord sold the property to new owners and moved to Melbourne.
‘‘Sixty days might not be long enough to find a place in the rental market these days,’’ he said.
He contacted the Riv after seeing a recent story about the state of the rental market in Echuca-Moama.
He has rented his current home, a brick four-bedroom home plus study and backyard in Echuca west for about five years.
Despite applying for multiple rental properties, Mr Hackney said he was yet to get ‘‘a look in’’ for any of them.
He said it had come as quite a shock to realise how competitive it was to find another family home to rent.
‘‘It wasn’t like this when we last moved,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m only one of many. I’ve become vulnerable in the position I’m in.
‘‘I’ve rung family in Melbourne
‘‘I’ve been working here for eight years.’’
Two of Mr Hackney’s sons have special needs.
‘‘They’re autistic, so you can’t change a routine easily,’’ he said.
Compromising the size of the house or accepting something less modern were not ideal options, Mr Hackney said.
The worst-case scenario would be moving his contents into storage and looking for temporary accommodation, perhaps in another town, he said.
Chief among Mr Hackney’s concerns was that the market might favour non-locals.
However, Mr Hackney acknowledged the market had its fair share of good candidates and even applicants willing to pay more than the asking price.
He said he would also offer more than the going price for a rental place if it meant securing a house for his family.
‘‘I’ll bid. Not because I want the place more than other people, but because I need the place more than other people,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m packed. I’ve got the deposit ready to throw at them.’’
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