A landlord has taken down an advert for a £300 a month flat after house hunters called it the most dismal one bed flat ever and compared it to Josef Fritzl’s cellar.
An advertisement for the apartment in Bolton, Greater Manchester, was instantly berated by renters after it emerged on Facebook marketplace.
Images of the one bed, one bath property were only taken from one side of the room, showing only half of the space, but no windows were visible, other than what appears to be a skylight in the ceiling.
What can be seen is an unmade single bed against the wall, with a double plug socket next to the bed, with what appears to be the former tenant’s phone on charge and two bottles of water.
The property, which appears to be otherwise empty, elicited dozens of jokes comparing it to a jail cell, with many asking what time the lights went out and what the visiting hours were.
Others were so enraged that they called for the advert to be taken down.
After getting hundreds of comments across the various listings, all were removed the same day.
Commenter Mark Keohane added: ‘F*** me. Even cells have decent windows. You absolute joke ripping people off with this hamster cage.’
Lindita Hope wrote that she’d seen bigger cells.
David Bowen said: ‘HMP Farnworth.’
One commented that they’d seen compounds in better nick in Afghanistan.
Another suggested it was an escape room, comparing it to the popular game in which contestants are locked in usually unpleasant or even horror like rooms and have a time limit to find their way out.
Many users said the property was so bad they felt compelled to request the advertisement to be taken down, while others suggested the tenant should be paid to live there instead.
One commenter wrote that it was disgusting and that the advertisement should be taken down.
Another added that they were having a laugh.
However, while the overwhelming majority condemned the flat, a small number of commenters defended the advert and suggested anyone looking to rent the room could bring their own furniture.
One said that they’ve paid more for a worse-looking room than that and that you didn’t have to use the bed, you could bring your own.
The landlord refused to comment.
But you can tell what type of landlord this is, a greedy unscrupulous one, and clearly knows that there are lots of desperate people out there that would take the room.
That room’s pretty good considering people are sharing garages in North London and it’s been going on for years, and councils look the other way as they have to technically house them if they’re here illegally – this country is unfortunately broken. However, the landlord could have at least changed the sheet, put a nice cover on it and some pillows, perhaps even some pictures on the wall.
However, rogue landlords are illegally carving up family homes to create cramped bedsits and they’re charging renters hundreds of pounds a month, which means that they’re breaking the planning laws.
Landlords are carving up suburban homes into what council officials describe as second-rate box room bedsits, in which entire families would live, paying hundreds of pounds per month in rent, usually coming from the public purse through housing benefit, and this is a blatant abuse of the planning laws.
These people are what they call slumlord millionaires, and this is wrong and it has to stop, and they’re destroying areas by running illegal flats and houses of multiple occupation, but then exploitation is the name of the game.