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article imageOp-Ed: Cardboard castle for rent, $50 a week

By Paul Wallis     Jul 3, 2013 in Odd News
Sydney - You know the rental market is no joke when you advertise a cardboard box for rent at $50 a week and you get serious inquiries. That’s what happened to one Darwin advertiser.
The Telegraph explains how a bored Irish builder in Darwin made a cardboard castle while recovering from a broken leg, and advertised it for rent:
The advertisement boasts: "Great protection from invading hordes, siege pack and supplies optional. Keep the dark knight at bay. Adjoining pool/moat. Very secure parking with new modern draw bridge, 5 miss from the city".
"I've had four serious calls and people have been texting and emailing," Mr Cullen said.
"One guy I was explaining to him that it was just a joke but he didn't speak English so I ended up telling him that the room's already gone."
Put it this way- With rents at $400+ a week for cupboard-sized apartments in some parts of the country, and ridiculous prices being paid for miniscule properties, it’s about typical. People hunt for ages for a place to rent, then have to go through an obstacle course to actually rent the places.
Up north, “improved” vacancy rates are 3.6%. The demand for housing has created a seller’s market- Until people sell and have to buy back in at higher prices, that is. It’s a game of Monopoly for psychopaths.
The rental market is worse. Even out in the bush, prices are high, and so are the shop prices. Apparently the theory is that people who are going in and out of work all the time should pay top dollar while they have the top dollars.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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