The big thing in Perth at the moment is two houses on one block - one behind the other. Because there's so much SPACE in this city, subdividing became the new craze about 20 years ago and there's not many free-standing houses left anymore without another one out the back.
We live in a HUGE house on the front of our block, and our landlord lives in the house behind us. It's ok because he's really nice, but kinda weird, too. And because he told us after we moved in that we could have the dogs, and not the cats, we are leaving again at the end of our lease.
There aren't many places anymore that allow pets - and when I was first renting after I left Mum and Dad's it wasn't really a drama - dogs, cats, whatever.
We'd really love to buy so we wouldn't have this problem anymore, but Perth is going through this crazy housing boom at the moment - the price of houses has gone up like you would not believe and most people just can't afford to buy anymore. We are now only 6% behind Sydney for housing prices, which is really outrageous if you live in Australia and understand the difference between the cities.
Our housing prices have increased by 36.6% in 17 months - the average home now costs $800,000 and this boom has created what economists call an affordability crisis, because first home-owners have little to no chance of being able to get into the market. People are overcommitting and borrowing in some cases 110% of the purchase price just to be able to buy a home. It's so bad that it's actually making the news almost every day!
To buy a two bedroom house in a reasonably local area now will set you back well in excess of half a million dollars, and most people just can't afford that kind of thing. So we're stuck with renting (where, again, the prices are skyrocketing) because there's nothing else we can do