When I locked my former husband out of the family home – for good – and consequently became the cash cow of his female legal team, I later moved with the help of the Salvation Army and Auckland City Mission into an apartment with ‘broom cupboards’ for bedrooms in Auckland’s Hobson Street. When the tenancy came to an end, my now Kiwi husband came with a truck and a friend and moved me and my daughters into a large house we rented in Ellerslie, and from there we later moved, leaving boarders behind, into a lovely three-bedroom apartment in Parnell. To have a life beyond parenthood, we later left the children behind as my husband rented us a studio apartment; however, I told the rental agent of the property where my children lived, that I was not often sleeping there, so they gave me notice to vacate. Nevertheless, we managed the unexpected $5,000+ move giving our things away that could not fit into the new place and obtaining white ware we did not have. Seen in the light of the ‘sex for rent’ or ‘I sleep daytime, you sleep night time’ or ‘six beds in one master bedroom’ tenancy agreements happening in Auckland’s CBD, I was determined to help my daughters set up home, so that I am now able to focus on my career. During this time of searching for a place in the youth market, I found rental property prices very high compared to the substandard condition in which landlords keep their places. The standard of youth rental properties needs to be upgraded, and if a tenant is not able to keep the place up, then they will be required to use regular professional cleaning services. I wholeheartedly believe that if our youth are able to live in clean beautiful homes, that they will be proud of themselves and be great citizens.
|Susanna Susara Kruger||
Author, Speaker, Educator & Entrepreneur