What happens when a home is left to rot in the back of the garage?
A woman has shared her experience of living in a garage and finding it full of trash and mold, after a long stint living in it.
The article was shared on Reddit by user Zimmy, who lives in the Brisbane suburb of Tampines.
“I got a call yesterday from the property manager saying that the back-up generator I was using for the home had broken down and was unusable.
I had to replace it with a new one and then I found out that the garage was being left to deteriorate.”
The garage has been left to slowly rot since I moved in and the water was leaking into the back yard.
I couldn’t afford the extra money to replace the generator and I’ve been forced to move back in with my parents in order to keep the water in the garage from leaking.
The back-ups generator, water tank, furnace, and fridge were all leaking into my yard and my neighbours and my family have had to make do with their own.
“She added that the condition of the back up generator was not ideal and that the water leaks into her backyard, which is a favourite place for her to play with her dog.
She told BuzzFeed News: “The garage is absolutely horrible.
It’s a dump.
I mean, it’s a lot of stuff.
It smells like rotting.
The whole thing has been rotting for a while.
“The woman who shared her story on Reddit has since been inundated with comments and messages of support and encouragement, many of which she found quite heartening.
Her advice to anyone considering moving into a garage, which can cost as much as $10,000, was to “look at your options, if it’s worth it.””
If you’re not going to live in a shed and just stay in it for three months, then move in,” she said.
Zimmy has since had to move in with her parents in Brisbane after she lost the generator, but the situation has not improved in the immediate time since.””
[I’m] pretty sure the water is leaking in my neighbour’s yard, so if the water breaks, they’re not able to get it out, and they can’t do much about it because they’re so far away from it,” she explained.
Zimmy has since had to move in with her parents in Brisbane after she lost the generator, but the situation has not improved in the immediate time since.
“I’ve been going out there for a few weeks now, and it’s not great,” she told BuzzFeed.
“I’m now staying with my family, because I’m having to get away from home, and I’m not happy in there.”
We’ve had to get out, but I still have a job, and my boyfriend and I are looking for a place to live, so I’ve decided to live out of the car.
“She said she has also been contacted by a local woman who wants to move into her garage, and has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to move her home to another area.
Many of the messages she received have been positive, but she said she was worried about the environment.
According to the GoFundMums site, “There are no official numbers on the number of homeless Australians in Brisbane, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the homeless population is growing at a faster rate than the general population.””
A lot of people who are homeless are people who’ve been abandoned, who’ve experienced domestic violence or abuse, and many of them have also been living in caravans,” she added.
However, Zimmie said she does not believe she is alone.
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