Hey guys, I usually am not the type of person to ask for help, but that's kind of put me in a terrible position.
I've basically been homeless for the past year.
I allowed a friend to stay with me because they needed help, and they ended up trashing the property and causing a lot of trouble with the real estate, which essentially ruined my professional rental history that I had been building for three years.
Because of this, by the end of the lease, it became impossible for me to find a stable rental property. I moved into a share house I had found online, and I wasn't even there for a week before I had to leave, because there were various forms of domestic abuse happening and it was not a healthy environment for me.
Since then, I spent a couple months travelling between three regions so that I had somewhere to stay, couch surfing, while I was trying to apply for houses or even find an appropriate share house. After a while I had no choice but to stay in hotels and refuges.
During this time, I have applied for many properties, but was never approved for one because of my last rental reference and my current circumstances. I finally got lucky and was accepted into social housing, where I am now living.
I thought, after finding secure accommodation, that I would be safe here, but living here has been worse for me than any other environment I've been in over the past year.
I'm living in a set of units, where I can hear almost everything that goes on in the unit above me. The occupying tenant seems to lack all consideration towards others. I have been here a couple months now, and since the very start there has been almost daily invasive noise coming from him.
He is a very violent person. He abuses his partner all the time - very loudly yelling at, insulting, threatening, banging/throwing things as intimidation, and I can't be certain but it sounds like there's some physical abuse too. I called the police numerous times, but each time they came all they did was tell him to argue more quietly. They don't even get any personal details such as names, and only treat it as a regular noise complaint.
I have made other noise complaints to the police too, about unreasonably loud music and some sort of construction - I hear loud hammering, power tools, sawing, and such, and all of these things become louder when he is taking out his anger on his work. The police take hours to attend the property now, if they even come at all, because I have made so many calls to them and nothing changes. All of these things happen almost every day, both day and night, and I can't ever relax.
Between a terrible upbringing that gave me a lot of ptsd, having been assaulted several times in the past year, and generally being chronically ill, I can't just ignore everything that's happening around me and I desperately need to escape.
I have an opportunity to move in with a friend, in another state - from NSW to Victoria, but I would have to save for a long time to be able to show that I am capable of sustaining the tenancy as well as being able to afford the moving expenses.
I have a house full of furniture, so I need to hire a professional removalist, and it's very expensive to move interstate. Even if I were to put everything into storage again, it wouldn't work out to be much cheaper.
I was looking for some sort of government assistance that would help me to afford the costs of moving, when I stumbled across the GoFundMe website, so I thought why not try my luck.
$2000 won't cover all of my moving expenses, but it will be enough to make it an easier transition for me. Honestly any small amount would be a huge help right now.
I keep trying to tell myself that I can tolerate everything here for a couple more months so that I can save, but my PTSD gets worse and worse and I've had several really dangerous meltdowns because of how violent this tenant's behaviour is.