A million homes sit empty, so where are they and can they help ease the housing crisis?

In southern NSW, Eurobodalla Shire mayor Mathew Hatcher wrote to more than 8,000 out-of-town property owners, mainly from Sydney and Canberra, pleading with them to put their spare homes on the local rental market. 

It’s been amazing. We’ve had over 50 emails, more than 50 phone calls, and people specifically wanting to rent their homes out to a social housing agency,” he said.

“We know of ratepayers from Canberra who have said they are putting their house on the market to help. They’re doing it genuinely out of the kindness of their heart to benefit the community.

Read the ABC News Article by Erin Parke 20 July 2022

Mayor Mat Hatcher wrote to out of town property owners pleading with them to put homes on the rental market. (ABC South East: Keira Proust)

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