A cramped London studio apartment that has a bed that is only accessible via a ladder has been compared to Harry Potter’s closet under the stairs’.
The small studio apartment in Vanston Place, Fulham in west London, has shocked social media users after they saw the bed squeezed under a sloping ceiling that can only be reached by a handmade wooden ladder.
But unlike the closet where the boy wizard sleeps in the fictional fantasy series, this cluttered penthouse is real and is now being advertised for rent for £ 800 a month after the landlord reduced the property, which was originally built to £ 949pcm.
Shocking images reveal the cramped living conditions offered in the room, which is just a five-minute walk from Fulham Broadway Underground Station.
The small studio located in Fulham, west London, has shocked social media users after they saw the bed squeezed under a sloping ceiling – and is only accessible by a wooden ladder
The property has a strange bunk bed style bedroom area, with cluttered roof accommodation being genuine and being advertised for rent for £ 800 per month on Gumtree, which has left housing campaigns shocked
The property, which has resident parking, central heating, double glazing and wooden floors, is also listed on Zoopla and Prime Location (pictured) – although the ad contains only one picture of the shower area
It has a bed that is only accessible via a ladder, has been compared to Harry Potter’s closet under the stairs’ due to the small bedroom located on a wooden mezzanine
The small property has a wall that has an undecorated brick wall to give the property a rustic feel unlike the other three white walls. However, all available space has been taken up with storage solutions
The warren-like studio is crammed with kitchen appliances and clothes and is decorated with exposed bricks on one wall.
But the most alarming feature of the room is the wooden structure in the bunk bed, built up against the ceiling – designed to be the ‘bedroom’ area.
It is accessed via ladder leading to a sloping alcove under the roof that houses a couple of boxes of belongings and a double bed.
A bathroom and toilet are available elsewhere in the building, according to the rental ad, and have a small shower area.
A post on Gumtree says: ‘Independent small size studio apartment on second floor for rent in the trendy and popular area of Fulham south west London.
‘The apartment has its own kitchen area with mini stove, refrigerator and sink, shared washing machine for building, separate shower with toilet for apartment too!
‘Hardwood floors, good value and great location, access to Fulham Broadway tube. The rent includes all bills except electricity.
‘Single is only sought with good references a must. One year let minimum. ‘
The toilet and shower area are located in a separate room for the studio apartment (pictured) and other functions include resident parking, central heating, double glazing and wooden floors
The most alarming feature of the room is the wooden structure in bunk bed style built up to the ceiling – designed to be the ‘bedroom’ area. It leads to a sloping alcove under the roof that holds a couple of boxes of belongings and a double bed (pictured)
The apartment is crammed with kitchen appliances and clothes and is decorated with exposed bricks on one wall. It has a small kitchen area with refrigerator, washing machine and mini oven and extractor hood
The property, which has resident parking, central heating, double glazing and hardwood floors, is also listed on Zoopla and Prime Location – but these ads include only one image showing the shower.
The housing campaign group ACORN criticized the proposed rental, and a spokesman said: ‘This cramped’ apartment ‘- if you can call it that at all – is a complete disgrace.
“This is simply not a suitable place for anyone to live in and call a home, and the landlord should be ashamed not only of letting it out in the first place, but of charging such a hefty rent.
“As long as our housing system is built on the pursuit of profit, that kind of thing will continue to happen while greedy landlords try to supply their pockets by renting out properties that are uninhabitable.
Many people on social media were shocked that the landlord charged £ 800 for the studio apartment, where a social media user compared it to the ‘Harry Potter closet’ because it is so ‘small’
The cramped living space has been criticized by the housing campaign group ACORN, and a spokesman said: ‘This cramped’ apartment ‘- if you can call it that at all – is a complete disgrace. ‘This is simply not a suitable place for someone to live in and call a home’
‘It’s time we built a housing system that puts people before profit – leaving it to the whims of the market has completely failed.’
A housing advocate on Twitter added: ‘£ 800 per. calendar month to live in a room up under a roof? ‘
Another critic claimed it looked like a ‘Harry Potter cabinet’.
The ads are marketed on Gumtree via North Ken Property Consultants, while the Prime Location and Zoopla ads are marketed by Ewing Property Consultant.
Both appear to have the same address in North Kensington, west London, according to Google.