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Tiny Vancouver ‘micro studio’ combines bedroom and toilet to create new circle of rental hell


Looks like a normal, if somewhat clinical, bedroom (Picture: Craigslist)

A flat (if you can call it that) in Canada’s British Columbia posted on Craigslist for rent this month has outraged tenants around the world, due to its tiny size and unique (if you can call it that) layout.

A so-called micro studio, the Vancouver property combines a toilet, shower, bed, and cooking facilities in one room measuring 160 square feet.

For C$680 (£398) a month, the lucky tenant will be able to step right from their bed to their hotplate and ‘mini bar fridge’ to heat up some dinner.

And if they need the loo in the meantime, they can keep an eye on the cooking direct from the toilet.

Where will they eat said dinner, who knows? Perhaps on their bed while the sink gently drips throughout the night. Perhaps by fashioning the saddest dining area ever by buying a stool for beside the windowsill.

The Craigslist ad read: ‘This unit is ideal for a single individual looking to live downtown at an affordable rate, and who does not need much space.’

Nope, there’s the bedroom toilet (Picture: Craigslist)

It also highlights how the property is newly renovated with porcelain flooring and granite tops. No clarification is offered on why developers couldn’t spring to make it habitable for an adult human.

Guidelines in Vancouver state that a micro-dwelling for one person can be ‘relaxed’ to the lower limit of 250 square feet.

The ad posted to Craigslist (Picture: Craigslist)

They also state: ‘Bathrooms must be physically separated from the remainder of the unit by partitions and a door to ensure privacy and to isolate noise and odours.’

With this in mind, it’s unsurprising that the listing was removed a few days after being posted on the message board site.

There is, at least, a shower (Picture: Craigslist)

According to Zumper, the average monthly rent for a studio apartment in the west end of Vancouver currently sits at C$1,700 (£994), which is far higher than this interesting living solution.

Like in Dublin or London, Vancouver regularly makes lists of most expensive places to live.

That also breeds unscrupulous practices as landlords look to find new ways to monetise people’s need for housing.

Saving a few hundred dollars per month might seem like a good idea, but there are psychological (and potentially physical) implications that come with living in such a small space – particularly when all your bodily functions have to take place there.

When they said ‘don’t s*** where you eat’, who knew it’d be so apt?

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