Gympie real estate agent Karen Robinson’s slam on renters sparks ‘second class citizens’ fury as she tries to spruik a ritzy golf club development
An Australian real estate agent has been accused of branding tenants ‘second class citizens’ after touting an exclusive golf course housing estate at owner-occupiers while dismissing renters.
A video shared to the Property Shop Australia’s TikTok page on Wednesday, which has since been removed, features realtor Karen Robinson describing the benefits of Royal Pines Estate in Gympie on Queensland’s southern coast.
‘Tell me now would you prefer to be living next door to an owner-occupier or a street full of rentals?’ Ms Robinson asked in the deleted video.
‘I know that if I’m spending $500,000 to $1million on my house-and-land package the last thing I want to do is be living on a street full of renters.
‘The people building here are owner-occupiers and we are really proud of that. That’s why it’s such a unique and prestigious estate.’
But the comment has triggered a furious backlash on social media, with outraged posters furious at her dismissing rental tenants as ‘second-class citizens’, they claim.
Real estate agent Karen Robinson has been slammed online after a TikTok video which seem to suggest the main selling point of a subdivision was renters weren’t going to be let in
Property Shop Australia is developing and selling the Royal Pines Estate, which backs onto the Gympie Golf Course. Ms Robinson is also a director of Hampton Home Builders based in the same office.
Ms Robinson said out-of-town builders were purchasing up blocks of land in bulk to build investment properties that would be rented out to non ‘like-minded people’.
She added: ‘There are not many estates in Gympie.
‘I actually did a drive around today and there was none that aren’t filled to the brim with rental properties.’
The video provoked a storm of protest on social media.
One angry local said it was ‘disgusting to refer to renters as second class citizens’, reported The Gympie Times.
‘You would not be able to go down a street and confidently say which is a rental or which is an owner occupier’,’ said another.
Another furious commenter accused Ms Robinson of snobbery and said she appeared to ‘put renters in a category that she thinks she’s way above’.
Many also took offence at the video’s tone amid surging inflation, a cutthroat property market, and more than a year of interest rate rises which landlords are passing onto tenants.
Property Shop Australia is developing the Royal Pines Estate (left) which backs onto the Gympie Golf Course (right)
Ms Robinson said she drove around Gympie and Royal Pines was the only estate that isn’t ‘filled to the brim with rental properties’
While renters across the country are finding it increasingly hard to break into the first home market, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel.
The federal government’s $10 billion signature housing investment fund this week passed parliament after months of tense negotiations and stonewalling.
The Housing Australia Future Fund is set to build 30,000 social and affordable homes over five years.
It will leverage the interest from the $10 billion to put towards the homes but a minimum of $500 million will be spent each year as part of a deal with the Greens.
The minor party initially opposed the fund but agreed to support it after securing a further $1 billion on top of the $2 billion already promised for social and affordable housing supply.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the fund would make a real difference to vulnerable Australians, describing the bill passing as a great victory.
‘Today is a win for boosting housing supply … for improving housing affordability across the nation,’ he told parliament on Thursday.
While the Greens failed in their bid to secure a rent freeze and cap, leader Adam Bandt said the fight would continue as more housing legislation came before parliament and would extend into the next federal election campaign if necessary.
‘At some point, the penny has to drop with the government that renters need some breathing space, they need a rent freeze to allow incomes to catch up with the soaring rents,’ he said.
Opposition housing spokesman Michael Sukkar still had concerns the fund would not deliver.
‘It’s not even a drop in the bucket. … This is 6000 homes a year over five years… this government is bringing in 1.5 million new migrants,’ he said.