Sydney tenant admits in social media post to paying zero rent by subletting to housemates

As rental prices continue to climb in Sydney, one inner-west tenant has sparked outrage online after revealing they had been living for free while unsuspecting housemates

picked up the bill. Rental affordability is at record lows around Australia and Sydney rents show little sign of slowing, with the median weekly total at $679 per week,

according to CoreLogic's latest data. In the inner-west, local agents say prospective tenants are facing the stiffest competition in decades. "Demand's high, prices

are high … and the market is not encouraging investors at the moment so supply is low," said Alfio Musumeci, director at Elders Inner West. "We had a property inspection

recently where we had 40 groups lined up outside a unit in Summer Hill." So in the current landlord's market, a Facebook post submitted by an anonymous tenant yesterday to

an inner-west house share group made big waves.  The poster described themselves as the "head tenant" of a five-bedroom house who was paying zero rent because their four

housemates were splitting the entire cost of the property. The housemates have no idea the head tenant has been paying nothing for two years, the post read. "The issue

is I have not been very transparent about the relative rental contributions and my rent is actually entirely covered by them." The admission prompted a pile-on and comments

eventually had to be turned off as people condemned the sub-lessor's actions. "I hope they find out and they move out leaving you to cover a huge rent by yourself. You

deserve that and much more," Sophie Roger said.