Home Listing rules House hunter horrified by dome in owner’s back garden listed on SpareRoom for £750

House hunter horrified by dome in owner’s back garden listed on SpareRoom for £750

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A listing on the SpareRoom website said it would suit “someone who is minimalist” and described it as “the nicest place to sleep in spring and summer.”

The dome has been described as beautiful “in spring and summer”

Tenants have been asked to pay £750 a month to sleep in a plastic dome in a landlord’s back garden.

An ad for the chamber read, “Looking for someone who appreciates the outdoors and someone who loves nature.”

But the occupant had to enter the house to cook or use the toilet.

A listing on the SpareRoom website said it would suit “someone who is minimalist” and described it as “the nicest place to sleep in spring and summer.”

This could be due to the fact that there is no visible central heating. Another dome sits next to it – but appears to have fewer windows and could be a glorified shed.







A view inside the dome
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A view inside the dome)


Both structures sit between established trees and appear to share a common space, complete with tables and chairs.

The listing – in trendy Highgate, north London – came as rents across Britain continue to soar and millions face a cost of living crisis.

A woman in her twenties was horrified to spot the dome as she searched for a home in the capital. She said: “I was shocked. I thought there were regulations to stop this stuff.

Housing campaigner Alasdair Mcclenahan, of Justice for Tenants, said: ‘The cost of living is rising, but wages and incomes are not.

“People have to do whatever they can to have a roof, or in this case a dome, over their heads and not be on the street.”

Anyone offering accommodation that fails to meet basic standards faces criminal prosecution and fines of over £100,000.

Strict rules govern ventilation, electricity, cooking and sanitary facilities.

Portia Msimang, from Renters’ Rights London, said the dome was ‘cute for a weekend but a really awful housing situation’.

She added: ‘I’m afraid a lot of people are voluntarily paying £750 a month to sleep under PVC in this back garden, such is the scale of the housing emergency in London.’

Local one-bed apartments in Highgate – home to stars like singer Harry Styles and actor Jude Law – can cost £1,900 a month. Yet the national average monthly wage for 20-somethings is £2,257.

Highgate MP Catherine West was appalled at the installation of the dome. She said: ‘While a ‘geodesic dome’ can be a great way to glamp, spending £750 a month on one in London is a damning indication of our housing crisis.

“Far too many young people are forced into totally unacceptable solutions like these.

“The government must build the housing we need.”

The dome has been listed as a residential rental several times, most recently this month.

But when contacted, the woman who placed the ad denied ever intending to let the dome out.

She said: ‘It was a meditation zone for my mental health during lockdown.

“Not for rental. The listing is out of date, it should have been taken down and it has now been removed.

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