Trying to get on the property ladder is proving to be a problem for many people nowadays and it’s a well known fact that house prices and rent costs are extortionate in London. In comparison to Stoke-on-Trent, which has an average house price of £179,750, the price of a property in the capital is typically around £696,000.
And now one flat – described as estate agents as ‘luxurious’ – is a prime example of how very little you get for your money in London, with many house hunters sharing their outrage at the price tag. This two-bed flat,in Woolwich, has one bedroom that is so small it has been described as being like a ‘prison cell’.
The flat has been advertised on property site OpenRent. Looking on the bright side, the flat has a great deal going for it – it has two bright double bedrooms, an open plan living area, and it is only a five minute walk to both Woolwich Arsenal and Woolwich DLR stations, reports MyLondon.
Though now converted, the was originally built in 1912 and it is Grade II listed. The furnished flat is looking for long-term tenant for a minimum of a year, and boasts two large windows, complete with storage and a feature window and there is access to a garden, reports the Manchester Evening News.
However, the third bedroom is definitely on the small side, and has even been described as being like a “prison cell” by disgruntled social media users. One said: “You’re doing 20 years for £1.8k a month,” whilst another joked: “Prisoners in Sweden live better than Londoners.”
One Twitter user said: “They get away with murder, its greed, prices are beyond a joke.. but alas they get it because people are desperate.. and there is NO affordable Housing.”
Another added: “That’s a cupboard, walk in wardrobe, storage space, at best. Never a bedroom. Shame on the landlords.”
A third even went so far as to say: “Jail would be better. No bills, guaranteed room, bed, heat, food 3 times a day, gym, games rooms, libraries, education/qualifications, doctors etc on hand, socialising, visits, work, 24 hour security.”
The listing offers a more generous description of the Woolwich flat, with estate agents stating: “This beautiful apartment consists of two double rooms and one single room which can be used as a study room or bedroom. It has its own single bed and double wardrobe.
As far as rent prices go, Woolwich is rarely considered one of the more expensive places to live in the capital. The most expensive borough is unsurprisingly Kensington and Chelsea where the average rental cost is £3,960 per month. That works out to around £990 per week.