Tenement blocks in suburban Melbourne are a common sight.
The buildings are empty and empty and they have been for years.
Now, the RSLCA is searching for new homes in the area.RSPCA Victoria CEO, Andrew Hynes, says people often think of vacant houses as being abandoned, but they’re actually vacant.
He says that is a misconception.
“In some cases there are actually a lot of people who are interested in moving into that type of place.
There’s a lot more people who want to live there,” he said.”
There are a lot fewer places that have gone empty and it’s really about people’s desire to live in those conditions.”
I think that’s where a lot will be lost if we do nothing.
“Mr Hynes says the RSCA has seen a surge in vacant properties in the last few years.
He’s worried about the impact on the RSpCA.”
We’ve seen a very rapid rise in vacant housing over the last five to 10 years.
“We’ve been trying to deal with the housing situation in the community, but we have to remember that a lot is happening within the community,” he says.
“When you get into vacant land, you tend to have more space and you tend have more opportunities to develop in terms of what can be developed and what can become a permanent home.”
The RSLA says it has been helping the local community for years, but this is the first time it has had to take action.
The RSPC says the council has not been doing enough to ensure that vacant homes are not used for commercial purposes.