A landlord has been forced to stop renting a shipping container after a “joke” house was slapped on the market for £200 a week.
The one-bedroom shack in Wellington, New Zealand was never fully approved by the local council and according to local reports, there is no code of compliance certificate.
The property was temporarily given the green light under a national approval plan, but it was pulled after inspectors noticed some structural errors.
According to New Zealand HeraldIn Wellington City Council, Richard McLean said that “the garden shed used as laundry and the lean-to structure seen in the photo are not on approved plans” and that he is “sending staff to take a look at that issue.” Was”.
The substandard accommodation was advertised on Trade Me, but was pulled down by a member of the platform’s security team just hours after it went live.
Built from an old shipping container, the property has been dubbed “a joke” by agitated renters after it hit the market for £200 a week.
It is located in the back garden of another property and comes with a parking space on a piece of lawn and has its own “laundry room” inside another small green shed.
Howell is described on the Trade Me ad as a one-bedroom home suitable for one person.
It is fully equipped and includes microwave, electric hot plate, bedding, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer and cutlery and plates.
The advertisement also claimed that the house is near a shopping mall.
The listing caught the attention of a local Facebook page, with one user describing it as “a joke”.
‘This would have been a joke 20 years ago’
One said: “I thought it was a joke post but it’s very real. I’d be surprised if it’s legal.”
Another said: “This is an extreme case but it exemplifies the state of the NZ housing market.
“This would have been a real joke 20 years ago, now it is completely understandable, even if it is ridiculed.”
The Trade Me advertiser has been contacted and has confirmed that the property was for rent but declined to comment further.
While New Zealand’s container rental price has sparked fury, a man from Cheltenham in the UK says he saves £700 a month by living in one.
Jay Adler, 30, moved into a 20-foot x 8-foot shipping container on a derelict farm outside the city, and spent £3,000 to convert it into a comfortable home.
He added a kitchen, insulation, a bed and TV to the container, and he also added a 6 ft x 4 ft shed where he kept his bathroom.
Now Jay’s living expenses have been reduced from £1,025 to just £325 a month, saving him hundreds.
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