The rental crisis in Australia is so bad it's become the real estate version of The Hunger Games.
Rental property vacancies are at record lows, so competition is so fierce it can be a game of life and death.
It is becoming particularly hard for women of all ages and in all circumstances.
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A Current Affair spoke to four women trapped in the rental crisis.
Millie Bannister, 26, lives in Sydney and earns a good salary, but her rent is going up 35 per cent.
"That's $230 a week, almost $12,000 a year," Bannister told A Current Affair.
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"For me, that's $6000 of after-tax money and I am not getting any wage rise. 
"So it's hard, but I am going to suck it up and pay, because I don't want to be out there competing for other rentals."
She's in a Meriton-managed apartment.
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Meriton is one of Australia's biggest construction companies and manages almost 10,000 apartments it has built.
Bannister said Meriton recently emailed apartment owners saying: "Push as hard as you can".
"The market is hot, students are coming back, so push for six-month leases, so you can increase the rent more during the year."
In Adelaide 75-year-old pensioner Sandra was told her rent would go up 10 per cent from $300 to $330 when her lease was up in March.
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That extra $30 is more than Sandra can afford, so she's been looking for somewhere else to live.
"Now I started doing that last September and I just can't find a property to rent that's affordable for me," Sandra said.
She's even looked in regional areas, hoping prices would be lower.
"I applied for 10 properties in that area, which were affordable and I thought I'd be happy living there, but I was passed over every time," she said.
With the clock ticking, Sandra is worried she won't find a place before her lease is up.
"I don't want to be a whinger and I am a very independent woman, but now I need help," Sandra said.
"I'm quite fearful. I don't want to end up on the street, but that's where I see myself."
It's where Ingrid has been since April 2021.
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She's been couch-surfing and living in her car in south-east Queensland, all the while looking for somewhere permanent to live.
"I've been looking for places I can afford that will accept dogs in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland," Ingrid explained.
"But when you have a look at how many rentals are available in those three states combined, it's only under 120 at the moment.
"I really can't see an end of this for me."
In Perth, Kristin and her three children are also living in a car.
She said she has applied for emergency housing, but has been told there's a three-year wait.
"I feel like I have failed my children as a mother, not being able to put a roof over their heads,"  Kristin said.
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"It's not something the government should be allowing. 
"A three-year wait for three children on the streets."
Across Australia, rental vacancies are at record lows.
In Sydney and Melbourne, just one per cent of rental properties are currently available for people looking.
In Brisbane, it's just 0.8 per cent, while in Hobart it's 0.4 per cent and in Adelaide and Perth it's 0.3 per cent.
That means for every 300 rentals in those cities, there is just one available.
Housing experts say there is only one solution: a mass build of more homes and especially social housing.
But that will take time, which is something thousands of Australians can't afford.
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