‘Shameful’ £1,000-a-month ‘en suite wet room’ apartment goes on the market
This central Brighton rental apartment is attracting attention for all the wrong reasons.
Its main features include the location being a short walk from the beach, and the toilet being a short walk from the bed.
A listing for the £1000-a-month one-bedroom flat describes its bedroom-bathroom situation as an 'en suite wet room area'.
Pictures of the flat – which is being advertised as available now for a £1153 deposit – have been lighting up Twitter today – with reactions ranging from hilarity to comments about Brighton's 'shameful' rental market.
Alice Tew shared a screengrab of the listing, writing: "Imagine getting back to someone's house to find this set up."
According to the Rightmove listing, the 338-square-ft apartment is located on Guildford Rd near Brighton's seaside and on the same street as its main railway station.
It is in the seaside city's hilly Seven Dials neighbourhood, which is noted for its Victorian terraced houses, and is less than a mile from the seafront
The reactions to the listing ranged from amusement to disbelief.
"Open the front door after a hard days work to see your boyfriend on the loo reading the paper – lovely welcome home," wrote Danny Thomas.
Some compared the flat's layout to a prison cell or a police custody unit.
While others speculated the flat, which is on a lower ground floor, may have originally been set up for a disabled tenant.
But the £1,000 a month flat's unorthodox layout proved all-too familiar to some weary tenants, who shared stories of their own rental search nightmares.
Some highlighted the struggle to find affordable rentals in the city.
Twitter user Maria wrote: "Brighton is a joke, I’ve seen tonnes of single lodger bedrooms in family homes going for £700-800p/m. It’s shameful."
Government figures released this year show rent prices increased by 30 per cent in Brighton and Hove since 2011.
The steep rise saw the GMB union call the situation a "housing crisis," blaming the Tory Right to Buy policy that has seen affordable council homes flogged off but not replaced around the UK for decades.
Brighton Housing Trust chief executive Andy Winter told local newspaper The Argus in June the city’s housing market was “overheated” and blamed a lack of social housing in Brighton for the increase.
He added that London commuters moving to Brighton and the city's booming student population added to the rental squeeze.
The apartment listed on RightMove features modern kitchen fittings and double-glazed windows.
The listing photos show a bright, minimalist decor inside the recently refurbished flat, which is near the beach and a shopping mall.
The listing says: "'Location, location, location' is something that will spring to mind when viewing this property, Western Road and the shopping mall are located within half a mile.
"For the commuters out there Brighton mainline train station is located at the bottom of the road."
The property management firm that listed the flat has been approached for comment.
Mirror Online has contacted the letting agent for comment.
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