Narelle Grunberg, with her kids Madison, 11, Tiarne, 16 and Iegan, 10, was struggling to find a rental property for her family in December but they now have a roof over their heads.
Narelle Grunberg, with her kids Madison, 11, Tiarne, 16 and Iegan, 10, was struggling to find a rental property for her family in December but they now have a roof over their heads. Christopher Chan

Rental crisis has a happy ending

THERE have been a lot of tough stories from Gladstone's rental crisis over the past year.

People have struggled to cope with soaring rents and intense application processes.

One of those stories, just before Christmas, was of Narelle Grunberg. Ms Grunberg and her three kids were facing the prospect of being booted out of their home when the owner needed to move back in.

As she started looking around for a new rental property for her family, Ms Grunberg suddenly realised how astronomical rental prices had become.

"I obviously have been blind to how much the rent has gone up in Gladstone," she said in December.

Finally, here is some good news within the horror story that is Gladstone's rental market.

Ms Grunberg found a home for a reasonable price earlier this year and yesterday said her rental crisis had been solved.

"Honestly, I do feel a lot better now," she said.

Ms Grunberg said, while she had struck a good deal, her observation was that rental prices had not dropped significantly. She said if there had been a drop in prices, it had not yet made a significant difference.



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