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Tenant Faces Eviction from One of UK’s Smallest Flats

Not long after discovering that the property is in fact a shed with no associated planning permission, a tenant living in one of the country’s smallest flats is now facing eviction.

Simon Rogers, a 39-year-old bus driver, has been renting the property since March, but soon after moving into the 198 sq ft unit, he encountered multiple problems, including a shower too small to use and a lack of windows.

Although Rogers has been paying £400 a month in rent and council tax has been accepted regularly, it appears that the shed, which is located in the Hotwells district of Bristol, doesn’t have any legal status. No council officials indicated to him that his home wasn't registered as a residence.

Mr Rogers is now worried that he will be forced to leave the property after the landlord put it up for sale for £30,000.

His tiny home has a kitchen, shower, and living space. He sleeps on a bed situated on a shelf above the living area, accessed by a wooden ladder. The property includes a washing machine stored outside, in a box in front of the shed.

The worried tenant admitted that he suspected the flat didn’t have planning permission, but wasn’t sure until he saw it mentioned in the news. He has never met the landlord, who spends more time abroad, but has since learned that the landlord told neighbours that Rogers was a sculptor and the shed was only his studio.

Now the shed, which auctioneer Hollis Morgan describes as a 'well-designed and smartly-presented' studio, is up for sale.

Mr Rogers said that he experienced problems with the property as soon as he moved in. There was a shower base but no screen, forcing him to shower at the gym each day. He had no connectivity for internet and TV, and the electrician who came to install it said that the electrics were wired up dangerously. There were also no fire alarms.

 

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He said he didn’t know what his next step would be. He signed a 12-month lease but wasn’t sure what it was worth if planning permission was not in place.

A representative for Clifton’s estate agents, which managed the shed, said it also was not aware that there was no correct planning permission.

Sales and letting director Philip Stolworthy admitted that there had been some problems with building work that they have been trying to resolve, but in his opinion, the main problem was that Mr Rogers didn’t really consider how small the property was when he agreed to rent it.

Mr Stolworthy explained that the original shower was not full-size, and it was Mr Rogers who wanted it changed. The landlord agreed to do so at his own expense.

'If you view a property to let and you can see how small it is and that is not acceptable to you then I would suggest that the property is not suitable for you,” he said.

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