Tasmania's economic boom has led to a housing crisis that has homelessness support services concerned.
Hobart now has the lowest capital city rental vacancy rate, at just 0.3 per cent.
When 7.30 visited a humble one-bedroom unit that is up for rent, more than 40 people were queueing to inspect it.
Real estate agent Cheryl Bennett said she has never seen demand like it.
"This time last year I only had three applications on this property. Today we've had, I think, 41 people through. It's bedlam," she said.
"There's lots of frustration and look, I can see their point.
"It's very hard, especially for people just coming into the state who've never lived here before."
The Real Estate Institute of Tasmania estimates that 5,000 houses are needed across Greater Hobart.
"We're actually seeing dire shortages in terms of the number of properties that are available to rent," the institute's president Tony Collidge said.
"Likewise, a dire shortage in the number of properties that are for sale.
"The Government has almost become a victim of its own success, in that it's created a tourism market that's booming, it's created and encouraged foreign students to come here for education purposes and that's booming, and it's grown its economy and grown employment and we've got people coming here to live."
'I just want a home'
Tasmania is experiencing its highest population growth in more than six years and is reaping economic benefits, jumping to fourth place in the CommSec State of the State report.
Shelter Tasmania is concerned the boom could create a two-tier society.
"The concern we at Shelter have is that that then creates the biggest problem for the lowest income earners, because they probably look the least appealing to a potential landlord, when you've got 50 prospective tenants to choose from," Shelter's John Stubley said.
Among those searching for a home are Katlyn and Zack, a young couple with two children who have been looking for a home for six months.
They are currently in emergency housing after "couch surfing".
"We're probably going to three to four [inspections] a week. If they're suitable for the kids and ourselves we're pretty much going for them," Katlyn said.
"We probably apply for about two a week.
"I just want a place to call home. That's all I want. I just want home."
Land tax holiday for rental builds
As Tasmania prepares to head to the polls, both major parties have announced affordable housing policies, with Labor committing $106 million and the Liberals promising $125 million.
Tasmania's Premier Will Hodgman today announced a re-elected Liberal Government would introduce a land tax exemption for up to 2,000 properties built with a 12-month rental plan.
"What we are proposing is a three-year land tax holiday that will encourage investors to make rental houses available," he said.
"We know vacancy rates in Tasmania are a lot lower than the national average, we know there is demand, so we need to respond."
But the Labor Party has described the announcement as a "thought bubble" that will not address the long-term problem.
"The requirement for new properties to be on the rental market for a period of 12 months will be cold comfort for Tasmanians looking for secure medium to long-term rental accommodation," housing spokesman Josh Willie said.
'We need to readjust'
While it has welcomed those announcements, the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) said there were deeper problems that needed to be addressed.
"We need to readjust, we need to rebalance in this early point of our economic upturn, so that we don't look back in 10 years' time and see many, many people have been left behind," Kym Goodes from TasCOSS said.
"We want to see a structured process around planning that means we can assess what communities need."
Ms Goodes said an auditor general-type role should be created to oversee hundreds of millions of dollars of community investment over the next decade.
"It is a natural process that people will be looking to move further and further out [of Hobart]," she said.
"If those areas have limited resources and limited infrastructure, that will start to compound some of those issues, so this is why it's so critical that a long-term plan, a 10-year plan, of investment starts right now."
As developers try to meet the growing demand, the Property Council said some homes were being delayed by months because of red tape.
"The Property Council believes far more can be added to the market with regard to supply, but we just need to coordinate our services and our local planning authorities far better than we are," the Property Council's Brian Wightman said.
Mr Wightman said more diversity in the market was also needed.
"What we would like to see is incentives put in place, as simple as stamp duty relief, for example, for the repurpose of inner city dwellings to turn them into those residential spaces," he said.