Renters share horror stories on social media

#RentInOz trends after a CHOICE study finds an "entrenched culture of fear among renters".

Failed air-conditioning, collapsing balconies, questionable wiring, stop-start water – these are but some of the stories renters have shared on Twitter under the hashtag RentInOz.

The dark narrative of rental stories comes after the study Unsettled: life in Australia's private rental market found thousands on tenants are being discriminated against and live in a climate of fear.

Many tenants are afraid to ask for repair work or choose not to go to higher authorities due to concerns their rent will be raised or their names will be added to a tenant 'blacklist'.

The national study was co-authored by CHOICE, the National Association of Tenants' Organisations and National Shelter. Since the release of its findings, Australian renters have been sharing their horror stories on social media using the hashtag #RentInOz.