Megan Sutton | Contributing Writer | Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Girl Gets Shown Mattress Under Stairs In London for £500 Per Month. This Is Not A Drill.

Girl Gets Shown Mattress Under Stairs In London for £500 Per Month. This Is Not A Drill.

The Debrief: It’s like a real life J.K Rowling situation, except Harry didn’t have to pay rent for his cupboard.

So we’ve all heard horror stories of London renting. Tales of people being shown places with no windows and ‘studio flats’ that are actually a fold-down bed with a toilet, have been doing the rounds on social media for a while now.

But this latest one is really crossing the ‘is this real life?’ line.

Twitter user Alex Lomax has shared images of a mattress in an under-stair-cupboard in Clapham, that was being shown to her with a price tag of £500 a month. Because it's London.

In an accompanying caption to the soul-destroying pictures, she wrote: "I have literally just been shown a bed under the stairs for £500 a month. F you London! #nothanks #privetdrive!?"

Thankfully, Alex seems to have said ‘thanks but no thanks’ to the ridiculous living arrangement. But judging by the crumpled up duvet and squashed-in belongings in the pictures, this cupboard nightmare is very much a reality for someone.


£500 a month for a mattress under the stairs. Just let that sink in. At least Harry Potter got to live in his cupboard for free.

When will the madness end?

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Tags: Housing Woes