A family of seven has revealed they were forced to live in tents after being evicted from their home in need of repairs.
Patricia Thompson is Social Media App TikTok It chronicles a family’s struggles during Australia’s terrifying rental crisis.
The family had to move out in August after the property needed repairs.
The family has since applied for a home on the south coast of New South Wales between Nowra and the Victorian border.
“We stayed in my mom’s backyard for a while, but eventually we had to move because her estate didn’t want a large family to stay there,” Thompson said. said. told 7 News.
The family then moved to a caravan park and lived in a cheap tent they bought, with strict restrictions on how long they could stay.
Thompson said living in a tent was a “cozy” experience.
“And it was difficult at times,” she said. “Our youngest is her 1 year old and she likes to wake up with the dawn and then she wakes up everyone else.”
started a family GoFundMe in order to help.
As their time limit neared its end and other caravan parks in the area filled up, Mission Australia stepped in and put the family on the preferred housing list.
However, due to the large number of people in the family, the placement took a long time.
But the family finally got some good news.
Thompson took to tik tok “I’m very sick right now, but I was in my hotel room and heard some very good news.
“We have a house! It’s a four-bedroom house, about two and a half hours from where we are.
“So we’re trying to organize our stuff to take it out of the warehouse and put it there. It’s really great.”
She didn’t sound incredibly excited about the surprising news because she was ill, but she added that she was overjoyed.
After her family’s ordeal, Thompson believes the government needs to step up to help people with rental stress.
“It’s just crazy because when you’re renting, they can really decide to end your lease at any time. They don’t really even need a reason,” she said.
To others in her position, she tells people to keep their heads up and try to be together.