Kitchen in garage prompts claims rental property market is broken

Mr Bandt also noted that the garage was bigger than the tiny living space at 23 Dickens Street.

“This rental listing is a clear demonstration that the housing system is broken,” he wrote.

“Rental prices and conditions are putting people in my electorate under serious pressure. According to the 2016 census, 15.3 per cent of renters in Richmond were forced to pay more than 30 per cent of their income on weekly repayments.”

The kitchen in the garage.

The kitchen in the garage.Credit:Hocking Stuart website

Mr Bandt asked Consumer Affairs Victoria if the listing was compliant under consumer protection laws.

Yarra City councillor Stephen Jolly said enforcement officers from the council had visited the property at 4pm on Thursday and told the owner the studio was not compliant as a rental property.

Cr Jolly said the owner had told them the listing was old and should not have been on the Domain website.

Photo of the kitchen in the garage on Hocking Stuart website.

Photo of the kitchen in the garage on Hocking Stuart website.Credit:Hocking Stuart website

“The owner was told there was no way they could have renters or boarders there,” Cr Jolly said.

Cr Jolly said the outcry on social media reflected that the community was sick of low-quality micro-apartments.

“There should be a ban on these micro-apartments statewide. They are just middle-class ghettos. I have been in public housing which is more spacious to live in,” Cr Jolly said.

Real estate agents Hocking Stuart describe the property on its website as a “unique and humble abode” with a “layout and location too good to refuse”, which had been leased for $495 a week.

“Comprising of security entrance, small kitchenette in a space large enough to entertain or use as off street parking for 1 car, living area opening to sunny tranquil courtyard, large bed (including BIRs), separate modern retreat style bathroom that completes this stunning residence,” it said.

The Age understands the listing on the Domain website was an old one that had not been pulled down and real estate agent Hocking Stuart were no longer the listing agents.

Jewel Topsfield is Melbourne Editor of The Age.

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