Alexi Bennett and her children have been rejected from rentals more than 200 times after their previous landlord didn’t resign their lease.
It’s been three months since the family have lived comfortably and Bennett said she struggles daily with guilt.
It’s costing the family $850 a week to share the single room amid a lack of available rental properties.
“You’re supposed to be providing for your children and, when you can’t, the guilt – it really hits, it really hits hard to be honest,” she told Today, holding her six-week-old baby.
“It’s meant to be the happiest time of your life and, you know, at this point in time it’s one of the hardest and yeah, pretty sad, to be honest.”
Bennett said there’s “not many options” left for her family.
“The competition is crazy at the moment,” she said.
“I’ve got to do what’s best for my kids and, yeah, this is it at the moment.
“You just got to stay positive and hope for the best and just keep trying, every day is a new day.
“That is all I can keep telling myself and just stay positive.”
The inflation rental price has increased 1.6 per cent, Ray White chief economist Nerida Conisbee said in the report.
But advertised rents are reflecting a 13.6 per cent price increase.
The report also showed a substantial decrease in listings for both metro and regional addresses between 2018 and 2022.