Airbnb property in WA broken into by young family who slept, washed and did laundry before leaving

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This is not your average burglary.

Nothing of major value was taken and there was no material damage. And something was left behind.

A review of CCTV footage, seen in the video aboveshows that the culprits are a young family – a mum, dad, their toddler and an older child.

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Davinia Gillard, manager of short-term rental properties in Perth, believes the family’s motivation for the five hours inside the house was to have a roof over their heads.

“They used the bath, which we thought was unusual. Looks like they came in and bathed their kids in the tub,” Gillard told 7NEWS of the incident last Monday.

The family broke into short-term rentals in Perth last week. Credit: 7NEWS

“And they also did laundry because there was actually a kid’s shirt left in the machine after it was washed.

“They took a lot of things from the pantry, like tea, coffee, sugar. They took four mugs which is unusual, pillows, doonas and the two lamps. These aren’t your everyday rogues looking for a quick smash-and-grab.

Gillard, of Holiday Homes Made Easy, said she experienced a similar situation about two months ago when someone broke into a short-term rental through a window, slept through the night and left.

And police told him they had had reports of three other such incidents in Perth in the previous week.

The family left the scene after about five hours. Credit: 7NEWS

She thinks people might have looked at websites such as Airbnb at times when properties will not be occupied by guests.

“I just think there’s a lot of desperation for people right now. They have nowhere to live,” she said.

“So they walk into Airbnbs, break in, just so they can shelter for the night, out of the noise.

“I think it’s heartbreaking to see someone with a young child and nowhere to go.

“These are people who have children and they are desperate.”

National crisis

The incident is another example of the increasingly devastating effects of Australia’s housing crisis.

Sydney’s rental vacancy rate has fallen to a historic low of 1.4%.

“It is truly appalling for thousands of vulnerable families,” said Mark Degotardi of the New South Wales Community Housing Industry Association.

“It’s actually not a waiting list, it’s a mirage. Most of these people will wait 10 years to get housing.

Karyn Walsh, of homeless organization Michah Projects in Brisbane, said even motel rooms were starting to fill up with prospective tenants.

“The supply of affordable rental housing is at an all-time low,” she said.

“We’ve never seen it so tight, both on the emergency side and on the supply of long-term affordable housing.”

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