A TRIP house to Hobart for a couple of weeks to flee Victorian COVID-19 lockdowns has become an prolonged journey for Laura Morrisby.
The 25-year-old had hoped to stick with her mother and father for six weeks — she packed solely winter clothes — after which return to her regular life.
As a substitute, she’s going to possible stay in Tasmania into early subsequent yr.
Miss Morrisby’s expertise places her among the many 20 per cent of flatmates which have moved house with their mother and father due to the pandemic, in keeping with Flatmates.com.au’s Nationwide Lodging Survey, which was launched right now.
“When Melbourne’s numbers began climbing and the stage three lockdown was looming, I made a rapid option to return to Hobart the place I used to be born and raised,” she mentioned.
“I hoped I might be right here six weeks however it’s been three months – it does really feel like life has form of plateaued in the mean time.
“I’m grateful to be in a a lot safer state of affairs than folks in Victoria have skilled, however it’s onerous to be surrounded by folks which might be just about getting on with regular life.”
Miss Morrisby mentioned she continues to be paying lease and payments in Victoria.
“We regarded into getting our lease lowered however it sounded extra like a mortgage than an precise discount, and also you don’t wish to be in debt for lease if you happen to don’t completely must,” she mentioned.
In the meantime, the Flatmates survey of 12,000 folks discovered that 100 per cent of Hobart respondents that had requested their landlord for a lease discount had been supplied a deferral.
It confirmed 10 per cent of respondents had rented out their spare room throughout COVID to make additional money.
Many Hobartians surveyed (35 per cent) mentioned their employment standing had been unaffected by COVID, 8 per cent mentioned it had they usually had been on JobKeeper, 13 per cent JobSeeker and 11 per cent had lowered work hours.
About 17 per cent of Hobart respondents mentioned they had been nervous about eviction as a result of not having the ability to afford their lease in the course of the pandemic.
Flatmates group supervisor Claudia Conley mentioned COVID had considerably affected renters.
“In our Flatmates group, many have skilled job loss or lowered hours and pay,” she mentioned.
“One in 5 share homes had been affected by a flatmate transferring again house to folks, whereas one in 10 share homes took on a brand new flatmate or had a accomplice transfer in to assist cowl prices.
“Nonetheless, as a result of up-tick in properties and rooms out there, costs are being pushed down in a few of the most sought-after areas.”
NATIONAL SURVEY FINDINGS
1 in 5 moved house or had a flatmate transfer house
Solely half of those that requested for a lease discount had been profitable
20% mentioned they had been nervous that they might be evicted as a result of not having the ability to afford their lease
14% of respondents moved in with their accomplice, however half have since damaged up
37% mentioned they spent extra on meals throughout lockdown than earlier than the earlier than the pandemic
17% wish to transfer regionally due to the pandemic, and 1 in 20 have already got
1 in 11 adopted a pet throughout COVID-19