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Rental shortage leaves Bega Valley family homeless, advocates call for more temporary housing

When Carine Sheridan moved to the Bega Valley from Sydney to escape domestic violence, she had dreams of a fresh start for herself and her three children in south-eastern New South Wales.

But after settling in a rental home that she felt unsafe in, she faced a difficult choice; to stay, against her better judgment, or leave and risk homelessness.

Ms. Sheridan was living in Towamba, west of Eden, which had the most affordable rent. When she moved four years ago Ms. Sheridan secured a property for $220 a week.

But she alleged her landlord continued to come into the home unannounced — an issue she took to the rental tribunal.


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