I am making an urgent appeal on behalf of our friend Susannah, who is 64 years old and who has just been served with a termination notice for rent arrears of $1150. She has lived in her apartment for 2.5 years, has been a model tenant and has never been late with her rent payments. However, she recently found herself out of work again as the casual contract she was on ended after the Christmas rush. Because of this he has been forced to apply for government benefits, but this was slow in coming through and is not enough to cover her rent, so she has fallen behind with payments.
Susannah has been struggling financially for the past year, but was trying to survive without government benefits and so has run out of money and is now incurring debts. Finding work at 64 is a huge challenge for anyone, but Susannah recently managed to get an interview for a six-month casual job and is hopeful that this will come through. However, the most urgent thing for her now is to try to pay her $1150 in rent arrears as well as the rent for coming weeks to prevent her losing her home.
Susannah spoke to her real estate agent on Friday and offered to pay her rent on a weekly rather than a monthly basis, due to her current financial difficulties. The agent was going to email the owner over the weekend and was holding off serving a termination notice. However, she then emailed Susannah back within the hour attaching a termination notice, allowing her no opportunity to try to raise the funds to pay off the arrears. There is still a chance the agent could withdraw the termination notice if Susannah pays the rent owing immediately and continues to pay the rent ongoing on time. However, Susannah has no savings to call on, so we are appealing for funds to help her stay in her home and give her the chance to look for cheaper accommodation. She has applied for affordable housing, but there are long waiting lists, so she may need to move in the meantime.
Susannah needs short-term assistance to pay her current rent and arrears to get allow her to get back on her feet, find a job and move to more affordable accommodation.
As mentioned, this is an urgent appeal as, if she is unable to pay her arrears, Susannah will have to vacate her apartment by early March.
We are grateful for contributions, no matter how small - they will all help and will be enormously appreciated.
Thanks so much!