A 28-year-old single mother and registered nurse in Perth, Australia, found herself in a dire predicament just days before Christmas when her landlord abruptly doubled her weekly rent, potentially forcing her and her son into homelessness by the New Year.
Jakki Brooking, emotionally sharing her story on TikTok, shed light on the distressing situation she now faces after living in her rental home for the past six years.
Brooking began her video by painting a grim picture of her circumstances. She explained that her property was part of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) until recently, designed to provide affordable housing to low-income earners at least 20 percent below market rent.
However, the situation took a drastic turn when the house was sold, and the new owners chose not to continue with the same low-income scheme. As a result, her rent skyrocketed from $200 to a staggering $430 per week.
Tears welled up in Brooking’s eyes as she donned Christmas-themed nursing scrubs and expressed her desperation, admitting, “I obviously can’t afford to pay that… I feel so frustrated for having to do this.”
Brooking recounted her futile attempts to secure alternative housing, only to face rejection after rejection.
With her lease set to expire on January 1, Brooking found herself in an incredibly precarious position. The scarcity of available NRAS properties complicated her search, leaving her caught between being an existing low-income tenant and not meeting the criteria for new tenancy.
In desperation, Brooking reached out to her real estate agent, explaining the imminent threat of homelessness for herself and her son. Regrettably, the response she received was harsh, with the unnamed agent threatening legal action if she didn’t vacate the premises by the specified date.
“I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do now,” Brooking lamented. “This is truly humiliating.”
She shared the added complexity of finding accommodations for her cherished cat and dog, as well as securing a storage unit for their belongings, which only added to her mounting stress.
Turning to her TikTok audience, she sought suggestions, and the comments section quickly filled with sympathetic messages, highlighting the challenging housing situation in Perth.