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Cramped west London studio flat is slammed as a ‘Harry Potter cupboard’ 

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A cramped London studio flat that has a bed only accessible via a ladder has been compared to Harry Potter’s ‘cupboard under the stairs’.

The tiny studio apartment, in Vanston Place, Fulham, west London, has shocked social media users after they spotted the bed squeezed under a slanted attic roof, which is only accessible via a handmade wooden ladder.

But unlike the cupboard where the boy wizard sleeps in the fictional fantasy series, this cluttered roof dwelling is real and now being advertised to rent for £800 per month after the landlord reduced the property, which was initially listed at £949. 

Shocking photos expose cramped living conditions on offer in the room, which is only a five-minute walk from Fulham Broadway underground station. 

The tiny studio flat, which is located in Fulham, west London, has shocked social media users after they spotted the bed squeezed under a slanted attic roof - and is only available by a wooden ladder

The tiny studio flat, which is located in Fulham, west London, has shocked social media users after they spotted the bed squeezed under a slanted attic roof – and is only available by a wooden ladder

The property features a strange bunk-bed style bedroom area, with cluttered roof dwelling is real and is being advertised to rent for £800 per month on Gumtree, which has left housing campaigners shocked

The property features a strange bunk-bed style bedroom area, with cluttered roof dwelling is real and is being advertised to rent for £800 per month on Gumtree, which has left housing campaigners shocked 

The property, which features resident parking, central heating, double glazing and wood floors, is also listed on Zoopla and Prime Location (pictured) - although the advert only includes one photo of the shower area

The property, which features resident parking, central heating, double glazing and wood floors, is also listed on Zoopla and Prime Location (pictured) – although the advert only includes one photo of the shower area 

The has a bed only accessible via a ladder has been compared to Harry Potter's 'cupboard under the stairs' because of the small bedroom area that is located on a wooden mezzanine

The has a bed only accessible via a ladder has been compared to Harry Potter’s ‘cupboard under the stairs’ because of the small bedroom area that is located on a wooden mezzanine

The tiny property features a wall that has a brick undecorated wall to give the property a rustic feel in contrast to the other three white walls. However any available space has been taken up with storage solutions

The tiny property features a wall that has a brick undecorated wall to give the property a rustic feel in contrast to the other three white walls. However any available space has been taken up with storage solutions 

The warren-like studio is crammed with kitchen appliances and clothes and is decorated with exposed bricks on one wall.

But the most alarming feature of the room is the bunk bed-style wooden structure built up towards its ceiling – designed to be the ‘bedroom’ area.

It is accessed via ladder, leading to a slanting alcove beneath the roof, housing a few boxes of possessions and a double bed.

A bathroom and toilet are accessible somewhere else in the building, according to the rental advert, and features a small shower area.

A posting on Gumtree states: ‘Self-contained small size second floor studio flat to let in the trendy and popular area of Fulham south-west London.

‘Flat has own kitchen area with mini hob cooker, fridge and sink, communal washing machine for building, separate shower room with toilet for flat as well!

‘Wooden floors, good value and great location, access to Fulham Broadway tube. Rent includes all bills except electricity.

‘Single wanted only with good references a must. One year let minimum.’   

The toilet and shower area is located in a separate room to the studio apartment (pictured) and other features include resident parking, central heating, double glazing and wooden floors

The toilet and shower area is located in a separate room to the studio apartment (pictured) and other features include resident parking, central heating, double glazing and wooden floors

The most alarming feature of the room is the bunk bed-style wooden structure built up towards its ceiling - designed to be the 'bedroom' area. It leads to a slanting alcove beneath the roof, housing a few boxes of possessions and a double bed (pictured)

The most alarming feature of the room is the bunk bed-style wooden structure built up towards its ceiling – designed to be the ‘bedroom’ area. It leads to a slanting alcove beneath the roof, housing a few boxes of possessions and a double bed (pictured)

The flat is crammed with kitchen appliances and clothes and is decorated with exposed bricks on one wall. It has a small kitchen area with a fridge, washing machine and mini oven and extractor fan

The flat is crammed with kitchen appliances and clothes and is decorated with exposed bricks on one wall. It has a small kitchen area with a fridge, washing machine and mini oven and extractor fan

The property, which features resident parking, central heating, double glazing and wood floors, is also listed on Zoopla and Prime Location – but these adverts only include one photo, which shows the shower.

Housing campaign group ACORN criticised the proposed letting and a spokesperson said: ‘This cramped ‘flat’ – if you can even call it that – is a complete disgrace.

‘This is simply not a suitable place for someone to live in and call a home, and the landlord should feel ashamed not only for letting it out in the first place but for charging such an extortionate rent.

‘As long as our housing system is built on the pursuit of profit, this kind of thing will continue to happen as greedy landlords try to line their pockets by letting out properties that are unsuitable for habitation.

Many people on social media were shocked that the landlord was charging £800 for the studio apartment, with one user on social media likening to the 'Harry Potter cupboard' because it is so 'small'

Many people on social media were shocked that the landlord was charging £800 for the studio apartment, with one user on social media likening to the ‘Harry Potter cupboard’ because it is so ‘small’

The cramped living space has been criticised by the Housing campaign group ACORN and a spokesperson said: 'This cramped 'flat' - if you can even call it that - is a complete disgrace. 'This is simply not a suitable place for someone to live in and call a home'

The cramped living space has been criticised by the Housing campaign group ACORN and a spokesperson said: ‘This cramped ‘flat’ – if you can even call it that – is a complete disgrace. ‘This is simply not a suitable place for someone to live in and call a home’

‘It’s time we built a housing system that puts people before profit – leaving it to the whims of the market has completely failed.’

A housing campaigner on Twitter added: ‘£800 per calendar month to live in a space up under a roof?’

Another critic claimed it looked like a ‘Harry Potter cupboard’.

The adverts are marketed on Gumtree via North Ken Property Consultants, while the Prime Location and Zoopla ads are marketed by Ewing Property Consultant.

Both appear to have the same address in North Kensington, west London, according to Google.



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