Knox's $860 'horror' home

ROTTING weatherboards, rats in the kitchen, rubbish in the backyard and a shower with no screen . . . all this for $860 a fortnight.

In the words of Knox housing advocate Mark Dixon, the property, an unregistered rooming house, is "horrendous".

But it is home to a single mother and her two children who are still sharing it with a mentally ill man.

Mr Dixon, UnitingCare Harrison's general manager of homelessness, said the kitchen cupboards were boarded up to keep the rats away, so food is stored in the bedrooms. The building has rising damp and rubbish is strewn across the backyard.

He said there were concerns because the family was sharing the property "with a total stranger with lots of personal issues".

UnitingCare Harrison is working with the family to find them new accommodation.

Mr Dixon said there needed to be more education and pressure on rooming house operators about what was acceptable.

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