This time last year we rounded up all the property news from 2014 and came to the conclusion: it was a rubbish 12 months for anyone (other than landlords) who lived in London. Now 2015 is drawing to a close, it seemed only right to do that round-up again. Unfortunately, things haven't improved. Here's 2015 in crap property adverts.
When Joe Peduzzi replied to a Spareroom ad for a 'laid back, happy-go-lucky type that’s sociable [and] open minded' flatmate, he couldn't have guessed that the room available would actually be a mattress in a shed in the living room. Described as 'the biggest room in the house', his potential flatmates said it 'comes with a sofa which means sharing it with the rest of us sometimes'.
A Spareroom ad for the camping equipment said: 'We have decided to rent out our living room as we never use it. There is still a dining table in there so we will still eat in there, so we have put a tent in the room for privacy, and we would only eat breakfast and dinner in the room. The tent has been furnished with drawers, sleeping stuff and a chair. During festival season I might need the sleeping bag for a few days and the tent but we should have a sofa by then which you can sleep on instead.' Seems legit.
Posted on Twitter by a 'house hunter', not only was the cupboard so small you could only just fit a mattress in there, it also had actual coats hanging up inside it. In a gross twist, it turned out this one was actually a marketing ploy for a property site.
The teeny bed went up for rent in May. Sure, it might have been annoying getting woken up by your flatmate grabbing some Coco Pops but look at that fabulous bed spread!
The room, which has basically zero floor space, was part of a studio flat advertised on Rightmove. It also came with a tiny bathroom and kitchen.