Outrage at Bondi room for rent for $320

A tiny sunroom is listed for rent for a staggering $320 a week — and it doesn’t even have a door.

The ad, listed on Facebook, shows a sunroom in Bondi with curtains replacing a door, revealing the desperate measures some tenants take to secure accommodation.

‘One room (sunroom) for rent in a house, Bondi. There is also another single bedroom available soon. The period is for one month and can be extended later,’ reads the advertisement.

‘Only clean, tidy and professional people. Thank you.’

The lack of privacy and size did not go unnoticed by Aussies who viewed the listing.

The rental ad was posted on a local Facebook group page on Friday and was advertised as a converted sunroom for a whopping $320 a week - albeit with the single mattress on the floor

The rental ad was posted on a local Facebook group page on Friday and was advertised as a converted sunroom for a whopping $320 a week – albeit with the single mattress on the floor

‘In year 11 we went to Long Bay Prison on a Law Study Trip; the cells were bigger and had a door,’ said one.

“How much garden time are you allowed per day?” added another

‘Wow, $320?! For a small room that looks awful! Curtains instead of a door. Mattress on the floor. No closet. You must be joking!!’ another wrote.

However, the main tenant who put the room up for rent hit back and explained why he was charging such a high amount.

‘My rent was raised from $950 to $1250. The house has a lot of space, so thank you for judging without taking the time to visit,’ he wrote.

It comes as homeless groups demand the federal government prioritize tenants as Australians hit a new weekly record of $601 in rent and demands for homelessness services soar.

Data released by CoreLogic revealed the rising cost of housing across the country, as renters faced a median cost of $31,252 a year to keep a roof over their heads.

Rent rose by a median of $164 to $601 per week in December 2023, from $437 per week in August 2020.

Sydney topped the market as the most expensive city to rent in, setting people back $745 a week.

Canberra followed in second place at $651 per week and Perth was third as renters forked out $630 per week.

Brisbane recorded the fourth highest weekly rental price at $627, with Darwin coming in fifth at $611 per week.

Melbourne and Adelaide were tied at $565 a week.

Hobart was the cheapest capital city to rent in, with a median price of $535 per week.

The portion of gross median household income needed to pay for rent rose from 26.7 percent of income in March 2020 to nearly a third in September last year.

‘The reduction in social housing supply as a proportion of all dwellings over the decades has put more pressure on the private rental market, as well as a falling rate of home ownership,’ says CoreLogic’s report.

Bondi, the popular beachside suburb in Sydney's east has an average house rent of $1,550 a week, up 10.7 per cent on the previous 12 months

Bondi, the popular beachside suburb in Sydney’s east has an average house rent of $1,550 a week, up 10.7 per cent on the previous 12 months

Meanwhile, the Productivity Commission’s annual report on public services shows the number of people leaving homelessness support and falling into rough sleeping has jumped by almost a quarter.

Requests for accommodation increased, and 57,519 people were identified as needing shelter but not provided with it.

Homelessness Australia has called on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to support people who cannot afford private housing as Labor considers a cost of living package.

“Large sections of Australians are absolutely crushed by the housing crisis,” the statement said.

‘Providers are asked to make impossible choices, such as turning away a teenager fleeing an abusive home because a mum with young children has also walked in the door.’

Homelessness Australia estimates an extra $450 million is needed to respond to the crisis.

The federal government’s $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund and national housing deal will deliver 40,000 social and affordable rental homes.

The ad described the room as a sunroom and stated that it was only for professionals to rent

The ad described the room as a sunroom and stated that it was only for professionals to rent