A LANDLORD has been forced to stop renting out a shipping container after the “joke” home was slapped on the market for £200 a week.
The one-bedroom shack in Wellington, New Zealand, hadn’t been fully approved by the local council and doesn’t have a code of compliance certificate, according to local reports.
“The work on this container has been consented and inspected, but it does not have a code of compliance certificate due to outstanding final documentation requirements,” Wellington City Council Richard MacLean said, according to the NZ Herald.
He said the makeshift home didn’t comply with a national multi-use approval scheme launched by the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
McLean said: “This means that if the plans match what has been nationally approved by MBIE, then the council must accept them.
“However, the garden shed used as a laundry and the lean-to structure seen in the photo are not on the approved plans – so we will be sending staff to have a look at that issue.”
The shoddy dwelling was advertised on Trade Me on Monday but was pulled down by a member of the platform’s safety team just hours after going live.
Built out of an old shipping container, the property has been dubbed “a joke” by exasperated renters after it hit the market for £200 a week.
It’s situated 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.
The hovel is described on a Trade Me ad as a one-bedroom home suitable for one person.
It comes fully furnished and includes a microwave, electric hot plate, bed, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer and cutlery and plates.
The ad also claims the home is near a shopping mall.
The listing caught the attention of a local Facebook page, with one user describing it “a joke”.
‘THIS WOULD’VE BEEN A JOKE 20 YEARS AGO’
One said: “I thought this was a joke post but it’s very real. I’d be surprised if that’s legal.”
Another said: “This is an extreme case but it exemplifies the state of the NZ housing market.
“It would have been an actual joke 20 years ago, now it’s totally comprehensible even if it’s ridiculed.”
The Trade Me advertiser has been contacted and they confirmed the property was for rent but declined to comment further.
While the rental price of the New Zealand container has sparked fury, one man from Cheltenham in the UK says he saves £700 a month by living in one.
Jay Adler, 30, moved into a 20ft x 8ft shipping container on a decommissioned farm just outside of town, and spent £3,000 transforming it into a cosy home.
He fitted the container with a kitchen, insulation, a bed and TV, and he even added a 6ft x 4ft shed where he put his bathroom.
Now Jay’s living expenses have been slashed from £1,025 to just £325 a month, saving him hundreds.
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