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Written by Emma Lunn

Tenants in London are being squeezed into tiny studios or “semi-studies” costing £1,000 a month upwards, according to a report in The Guardian.

The newspaper reported that with rents and house prices rising, more landlords are splitting former family homes into small studios to boost their returns.

A search of rental websites found several examples of rooms where a mezzanine sleeping area had been erected, a shower was in the kitchen, or the tenant could reach the cooker from their bed. 

The article quoted buy-to-let investment franchise Platinum Property Partners, Labour's housing spokesman on the London Assembly Tom Copley, and campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter.

 

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    Would agree with alans comment but would also say if landlords are spliting properties as outlined above then surely planning and/or build regs requirements need to be met - so if the council representatives are happy to pass the changes then the finger should not be pointed at landlords for allowing this.
    I know that many of the flats in birmingham bult in recent years didn't met the councils minimum housing standards so couldn't be used to address the councils short term housing needs again surely the planners should use the standard as a minimum?

    • 02 September 2014 12:03 PM
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    no-body is trapped, there is a simple solution, move away from London, problem solved, people need to think out of the box more.

    • 02 September 2014 08:46 AM
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