Cambridge landlord faces furious backlash after advertising ‘HALLWAY’ as a studio flat

A landlord was forced to lower the asking rent for a ‘studio’ flat after baffled house hunters claimed the ‘disgraceful’ property was ‘just someone’s hallway.’

The landlord was seeking £850 per month for a single room inside a semi-detached home in Cambridge.

The 5ft 7in-wide ‘studio’ claims to have its own bathroom and kitchen area, yet photos show the tightly packed room offers renters essentially no space.

Reddit users who viewed the landlord’s Zoopla listing were quick to brand the studio’s monthly rent ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disgusting.’

EPS Properties also admitted that the firm received complaints about the property listing, but brushed it off off criticism by stating ‘if it doesn’t suit them, they don’t need to rent it.’

However, Hasan Osman, a partner at the firm, has revealed that he convinced the landlord to drop his price by £100.

A landlord was forced to lower the asking rent for a 'studio' flat after baffled house hunters claimed the 'disgraceful' property was 'just someone's hallway.'  The landlord was seeking £850 per month for a single room inside a semi-detached home in Cambridge

A landlord was forced to lower the asking rent for a ‘studio’ flat after baffled house hunters claimed the ‘disgraceful’ property was ‘just someone’s hallway.’ The landlord was seeking £850 per month for a single room inside a semi-detached home in Cambridge

The 5ft 7in-wide 'studio' claims to have its own bathroom and kitchen area, yet photos show the tightly packed room offers renters essentially no space

The 5ft 7in-wide ‘studio’ claims to have its own bathroom and kitchen area, yet photos show the tightly packed room offers renters essentially no space

The baffling images show a single bed packed tightly against one wall, with a shower behind it that is thinner than the width of the headboard

Social media users who saw the listing photos say they noticed the long, thin layout of the property looked more like the landlord's 'hallway' than a studio apartment

Social media users who saw the listing photos say they noticed the long, thin layout of the property looked more like the landlord’s ‘hallway’ than a studio apartment

Social media users who saw the listing photos say they noticed the long, thin layout of the property looked more like the landlord’s ‘hallway’ than a studio apartment.

The baffling images show a single bed packed tightly against one wall, with a shower behind it that is thinner than the width of the headboard.

A kitchen unit and thin bar side make the 5ft 7in-wide room even narrower, yet it stretches 24ft 7in from its front door to the property’s concrete courtyard.

The floor plan for the ‘studio’ wasn’t on the listing as of 8am this morning, but the property does boast to include all bills, including wi-fi and council tax, in the rent.

Despite this, dozens of Reddit users are still slamming the listing’s size and price.

One commented on Thursday night: ‘£850 a month to live in a hallway? Wtf?’

Another said: ‘It would be like living in someone’s corridor. It’s disgraceful.’

Someone replied: ‘No, it’s like living in someone’s corridor – literally.’

A third commented: ‘The box on top of the fridge is even shocked. Jokes aside, that’s disgusting.’

The floor plan for the 'studio' wasn't on the listing as of 8am this morning, but the property does boast to include all bills, including wi-fi and council tax, in the rent.  A view of the bathroom is pictured above

The floor plan for the ‘studio’ wasn’t on the listing as of 8am this morning, but the property does boast to include all bills, including wi-fi and council tax, in the rent. A view of the bathroom is pictured above

The current landlord bought the property with the 'studio' room in its current form but is planning to join it with the house's lounge and convert it into a communal space next year.  The exterior of the semi-detached Cambridge home is pictured

The current landlord bought the property with the ‘studio’ room in its current form but is planning to join it with the house’s lounge and convert it into a communal space next year. The exterior of the semi-detached Cambridge home is pictured

The home appears to feature a concrete outdoor space that can be used by residents

The home appears to feature a concrete outdoor space that can be used by residents

After complaints from house hunters, the landlord was convinced to drop the price to £750 per month, and the Zoopla listing was updated at around 4pm yesterday

After complaints from house hunters, the landlord was convinced to drop the price to £750 per month, and the Zoopla listing was updated at around 4pm yesterday

The room exceeds the Government's 6.25sqm minimum size for a room occupied by a person over 10 years old, and EPS Properties, which manages properties for landlords, claims to have checked this before posting the listing

The room exceeds the Government’s 6.25sqm minimum size for a room occupied by a person over 10 years old, and EPS Properties, which manages properties for landlords, claims to have checked this before posting the listing

A kitchen unit and thin bar side make the 5ft 7in-wide room even more narrow, yet it stretches 24ft 7in from its front door to the property's concrete courtyard

A kitchen unit and thin bar side make the 5ft 7in-wide room even more narrow, yet it stretches 24ft 7in from its front door to the property’s concrete courtyard

The listing’s description says: ‘We have a small single furnished studio available for a six-month rental from now.

‘Property has its own bathroom, kitchen area and single bed. All bills included, including Wi-Fi.’

Mr. Osman conce that £850 feels too high given the width of the room.

He says he’s since convinced the landlord to drop the price to £750 per month, and the Zoopla listing was updated at around 4pm yesterday.

The room exceeds the Government’s 6.25sqm minimum size for a room occupied by a person over 10 years old, and Mr. Osman insists his firm, which manages properties for landlords, checked this before listing it.

He said: ‘I think the length of the property is good, but I think the width is a little bit narrow. We tried to get a double bed in there and it wasn’t giving us much space.

‘People asked us how we can rent it for that price, but what people need to understand is that as part of an agency we can only advise our landlords on what the correct rental price should be.

Reddit users who viewed the landlord's Zoopla listing were quick to brand the studio's monthly rent 'disgraceful' and 'disgusting'

Reddit users who viewed the landlord’s Zoopla listing were quick to brand the studio’s monthly rent ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disgusting’

He continued: ‘I think £750 is a reasonable price for Cambridge. You can rent a room out for £800 per month with a kitchenette in it. People who are commenting need to put things into perspective.

You’ve got a studio apartment there with a kitchen, a fridge freezer, a hob oven, with a washing machine, a single bed, a shower room and a toilet all in one room.

‘People love to complain about anything and everything for no reason. I don’t need to justify myself to them. If it doesn’t suit somebody they don’t need to take it.

I said to the landlord, we’ve been getting some stick online about this and I feel this is overpriced and the price needs to come down. He’s agreed to bring it down.’

Mr Osman says the current landlord bought the property with the room in its current form but they’re planning to join it with the house’s lounge and convert it into a communal space next year.

He believes the previous owner of the four-bedroom property converted it from a garage space and was renting it out too.

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