A finance clerk says he plans to leave after just 16 months due to problems in the Guernsey real estate market.
Cluhein Trubshaw from South Africa rented property with her partner, child, and dog.
With the rent up 32%, they tried to move but were unable to rent or purchase a suitable apartment.
The State Housing Action Group was convened earlier this year to address “the current housing market.”
In July, the couple learned that their rent would increase by nearly a third from October when their previous lease expired.
Ms. Trubshaw said she was “surprised” and, while not personal, the owners took advantage of the Guernsey rental crisis.
She described her family’s search for real estate in the rental market as a “competition war,” in which potential tenants sometimes offer more than they ask for, and considers her case “at a loss.”
Ms. Trubshaw said, “We were so desperate to tell real estate agents that ‘basically everything works with a roof’ we’re not even selective about what it has: is there a parking lot, two bedrooms, one-bedroom? disturbed us, but it was not possible. “
She urged states to make the housing market clearer for people moving to Guernsey because they “will come to my place” and for anyone thinking of moving to Guernsey to try “harder, work elsewhere”.
Ms. Trubshaw said: “There are advertisements to bring people to the island, it’s foolish for people to come here and then close my place.
“You travel the world with your whole family, to a safer place, but it’s always so volatile.”
Due to her abilities and her role, the lady was granted long-term work permits. Trubshaw allows the owner to live in local market properties for up to eight years.
The Guernsey market is divided into local markets, where people with local residential qualifications or work permits can survive, and open markets, which are more expensive but have no housing restrictions.
MEP Peter Roffey, chairman of the Employment and Social Security Committee and member of the Housing Action Group, called the case “tragic”.
He encouraged islanders who witnessed the potential rental exploitation to contact the Housing Action Group.
Roffey said supply and demand are key and unfortunately supply has been “a real challenge” and “it will take time” and he hopes that different parts of the state and the private sector will be able to deal with it.
Annie Ashmead, deputy general manager of the Guernsey Citizens Council, said some customers have reported rising rental rates and the association feared this could lead to rent arrears and a potential increase in homelessness on the island.
Jeff Guilbert, president of the Guernsey Landlords Association, said most of the landlords were “compassionate” and that some of them gave their tenants reduced rents and vacations during the pandemic.
He said that the situation on the island was “beyond the owners” and that “the bottom line is that there is not enough accommodation on the island for everyone who comes”.