Tanya and Nathan Stanborough are desperately trying to find a home for their children in the Lismore area.
Tanya and Nathan Stanborough are desperately trying to find a home for their children in the Lismore area. Cathy Adams

Homeless after trying to find a rental

A GOONELLABAH family of six are now homeless after looking at 100 rental properties in six months without being approved for any.

Tanya and Nathan Stanborough received an eviction notice from the Goonellabah home they had been renting for the past seven-years last November, but the constant search to put a roof over their family’s head proved fruitless.

Compounding the Goonellabah business owners’ struggle is that three of their four children, aged between 14 and four, have moderate to severe special needs.

Despite applying for about half the properties they viewed, Mr Stanborough said they hadn’t received a valid reason from any real-estates why they were declined for rentals.

“If it’s not because we have four children then why?” he questioned.

“I can’t see any other justification.”

Mrs Stanborough said they had tried to pay higher rent than was listed on properties and even had to resort to giving away the family puppy to boost their rental chances.

“Just to have somewhere to stay until Friday we had to pay more than $800 for two bedrooms in a motel,” she said.

“We found a lot of the houses around Lismore are being rented out by uni students and they are squeezing out private renters.

“It has never taken us this long before to find a place to rent in Sydney or Brisbane.

“Plus real estate viewing times are really inconvenient for small business owners like us.”

The Northern Rivers has a tighter rental market than Sydney according to the residential vacancy rates released today by the Real Estate Institute of NSW, with only 1.4% of rentals unoccupied in April.

After taking over their business last August, Mr Stanborough said money they had set aside to build on land they own at Nimbin had been put into the business.

“We have been putting money into the business because we don’t want our employees to lose their jobs,” he said.

The family have tried to get accommodation through the Department of Housing, and Connecting Home, who Mrs Stanborough said were doing everything they could to help.

“I was on the phone to Link2home for three hours yesterday and unfortunately they couldn’t find us anything,” she said.

Anyone who can help the Stanborough family find accommodation can call 0404 086 789 or email tanya_st@me.com



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