HIGH COST: Daine, Corbin, Aysha, Isabella, Kataya and mum Elizabeth Subritzky rent a home in Gracemere.
HIGH COST: Daine, Corbin, Aysha, Isabella, Kataya and mum Elizabeth Subritzky rent a home in Gracemere. Amy Haydock

Rent rise a struggle for mother of five young children

A RENTER in the Gracemere and Rockhampton area on and off for the past 10 years, Elizabeth Subritzky has seen the market change, especially in price.

"We used to rent a house in Gracemere about five years ago that was an old display home and it was only $250 a week," she said.

"We're now paying $330 a week for this, which is a little more affordable, but our last house was $400 a week and no maintenance was carried out on it while we were living there."

A recent Real Estate Institute of Queensland report showed the Rockhampton region's rental market residential vacancy rates had risen to 2.7%.

This is an improvement compared to last year, which saw limited vacancy rates at 1%.

Relying mainly on one wage with five young children, Elizabeth said although they were not in the worst situation, managing money from week to week could be difficult.

"My husband's pays differ each week so sometimes he'll only get $800, which means rent is one third of that," she said.



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