Western Australia’s highest residential vacancy rate in decades has turned the state into a hot spot heaven for squatters.
Squatters are finding home in some of the tens of thousand vacant properties sitting idle in WA. Some are changing the locks and threatening landlords. Others are conducting their own renovations and painting walls.
Sharon Fox-Slater, executive general manager of EBM RentCover, one of Australia’s largest providers of landlord insurance said that she use to see a squatting related claim every few years, but they are now common place in Western Australia.
“The downturn, high vacancy rate and number of job losses is taking its toll.” she said.
» Perth’s high rental vacancy rate has resulted in rise in squatters – Herald Sun, 20th June 2016.