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QLD Seniors & Aged Facing Accommodation Problems
At one point or another in our lives, we all have to live in a place which is not ours. Whether it’s
for a time away from home, for school, or for work, we know what it’s like to stay in a place
owned by someone else. And while we can get the comfort that we need eventually, we know
that it is not permanent and we cannot stay in that place forever.
The kind of relationship you have with aged care or rental accommodation is bound by a paper
and an expiration. Aside from the nagging feeling that you can’t call it your own (unless it goes on
sale and you purchase it), this ‘relationship’ is also destined to end if limited finances can’t stretch
to pay rent or accommodation costs anymore.
This is the situation today: many QLD seniors & aged are facing accommodation problems. Older
Australians are living in fear as rent continues to increase, as their income decreases. Seniors who
live in rental accommodation are also afraid to ask for requests or repairs because of fear of
eviction. According to a recent research, there’s a widespread bullying of older tenants by
management and landlords in the country today.
These seniors are vulnerable, especially when there is a little or no rule at all to protect them.
Their fears are real—they can get evicted in a whim, whenever their landlord wishes to. Aside
from the problem in security of tenure, older people who have spent their years renting have
already exhausted their funds to cope with rising cost of living and with little savings available,
they are afraid that they will become homeless soon.
This issue of seniors becoming homeless and having to live in a temporary accommodation is
something we need to address as a nation as soon as possible. The numbers are growing and
before it becomes unmanageable, a research conducted by the University of Western Australia’s
Law Schoolcalls for the urgent changing of state laws governing family accommodation. They also
recommended better training for those who are in managerial positions in community housing
and new laws be passed to provide security of tenure and protection for boarders and lodgers.
They also call out for a low or free legal advice for seniors who are having problems with their
housing needs.
All of these are necessary, before we even see the baby boomers join the ageing population. It is
projected that in 2050, 22 per cent of our population will become over 65 years old. Now, that’s a
lot of seniors to find residential beds and be given proper aged care.

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