An advertised rental listing has been called out as "disgraceful" for its lack of an essential feature.
"How is this not illegal?" they asked on the Don't Rent Me Facebook group. "That BBQ area outside? That's your kitchen! Yes, I know it's only $350 a week but it wasn't that long ago that would get you a fully functional house for that price."
While the downstairs granny flat with a private entrance features a kitchenette in the narrow living and dining area, what has angered many is there doesn't appear to be infrastructure for a stove or oven or even "power points" next to it.
"That is the poorest excuse for a kitchenette," one person commented. "If it doesn't have an appliance to cook on, or cupboards to hold crockery, cutlery, pots and food, or space to have a fridge, then it's not a f***ing kitchen!" another said.
"Um…what if it’s raining?! Surely this is illegal," a third wrote. Others also took to calling out photos of other areas of the flat as "totally unacceptable" and "intentionally misleading".
"Also just noticed the photo of the bathroom in the advertisement for the granny flat rental is actually the main bathroom in the actual house, not the laundry/shower included in the flat rental," one person said.
"Omg this is incredibly disgraceful! How could anyone possibly rent this to another human?" another wrote.
Yahoo News Australia has reached out to the real estate company for comment. The property is no longer advertised.
Australian housing standards lagging behind
A new study has found a large majority of Australian rental properties are actually putting people's health and wellbeing at risk due to poor regulation of housing standards.
"People who are renting a home have a right to expect that their housing is fit for living. But when we are continually seeing reports of mould, disrepair, and other awful conditions, we know that something is wrong," says University of South Australia Enterprise Fellow and Associate Professor in Architecture, Dr Lyrian Daniel.
While all rentals in the UK and New Zealand have "formalised standards" to meet housing conditions, "Australia has no such legislation".
"This leaves many people with no option but to endure poor living conditions such as houses that are cold, damp, or mouldy," he added. In Queensland, minimum housing standards for new tenancies will come into affect from September 1, and for all rentals from September 1, 2024.
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