Mum's rental nightmare: 'We were treated like scum'
"A MIRACLE" is how a Gympie family have described a pre-Christmas rental approval which stopped them from enduring a homeless holiday season.
Zoe Wisse, her partner Vaughan Peake, and their twins Carma and Willow were left facing an uncertain future after they struggled to leave their last rental due to health concerns with her pregnancy.
Placed on a tenancy blacklist site, Mrs Wisse and her family were staring down the barrel of Christmas in a caravan parked on her parent's property.
That was, until their efforts were rewarded when, with the help of Laguna Real Estate, they found an owner willing to "take a chance" on them despite their blacklisting.
"When we had to look for a new rental... no-one would give us a fair go, of course, it looks pretty bad to be on that list," she said.
"We were treated pretty much like scum and it was not our fault for being on that list."
Although it was her partner who took the call, Mrs Wisse said the good news was contagious.
"I was holding a baby at the time, and my excitement caused me to have to hand the baby to him and I went screaming and running through the house and ended up bursting into tears," she said.
"It was such a relief to get a house for our children.
"It completely caught us out of the blue."
It was welcome given the previous year's nightmare, which included giving birth to the twins at only 34 weeks while dealing the rental struggles and being listed on the tenancy database TICA.
"I had lost my faith in humanity, I'm not going to lie," Mrs Wisse said.
"It was very difficult to smile and to look forward to enjoying our children's first Christmas.
She was also amazed by the level of support from complete strangers after the article which ran in The Gympie Times early in December.
They received about a dozen offers, including one from Trish from Amamoor which began to look like a viable option.
"She offered us a van that they had refurbished... she said we could stay in there free of charge," Mrs Wisse said.
And while they will not be moving into their new home until late this week or early the next, just having that security was a gift.
"It's like getting a shoulder massage and feeling all the tension being released," she said.