Meet the tent-renters! Young city-dwellers are choosing to live in makeshift backyard bedrooms as property prices continue to soar

Young city-dwellers are choosing to live in makeshift backyard bedrooms to combat rising property prices.

Waitress and model India Flevell, 19, was living in a tent pitched in a Melbourne backyard, paying $100 a week.

She told Domain that living in a tent allowed her to move easily without giving notice while she saved money for travel and to eventually buy a house.

Waitress and model India Flevell, 19, was living in a tent pitched in a Melbourne backyard, paying $100 a week

Waitress and model India Flevell, 19, was living in a tent pitched in a Melbourne backyard, paying $100 a week

She told Domain that living in a tent allowed her to move easily without giving notice while she saved money for travel and to eventually buy a house

She told Domain that living in a tent allowed her to move easily without giving notice while she saved money for travel and to eventually buy a house

She pays rent to use the communal areas of the home at which she stays.

‘I’ve always wanted to live in a teepee or bell tent and deck it out all nice and honour the crazy gypsy in me,’ she said.

She found the land to pitch her tent by advertising on a Facebook group for Melbourne renters.

‘You get heaps of responses… I could just choose where I wanted and then set up, instead of being one out of however many people applying for a room,’ she said.

‘I was only going to be in Melbourne for a few months, and I didn’t want to pay bond and sign a lease and all that, so it seemed perfect.’

Her tent cost $550 and is decorated with a bed base, woven rug, fairy light, crystals and books.

She is planning to stay in her makeshift abode until winter.

Her tent cost $550 and is decorated with a bed base, woven rug, fairy light, crystals and books

Her tent cost $550 and is decorated with a bed base, woven rug, fairy light, crystals and books

Students Jess, 25, and Ben, 26, live in a caravan they originally bought for $4500 to travel around Australia.

They have now parked the caravan in a Kew, Melbourne backyard.

They pay $500 a month plus bills for the land the caravan is parked on and to access the house.

The couple say they are ‘a lot healthier and happier’ since moving in to the caravan.

The legality of such arrangements depends on council regulations, and if the landlord agrees to subletting.

Students Jess, 25, and Ben, 26, live in a caravan they originally bought for $4500 to travel around Australia

Students Jess, 25, and Ben, 26, live in a caravan they originally bought for $4500 to travel around Australia

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