'How is that allowed?': $210pw Melbourne rental mocked over bizarre feature

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A one-bedroom rental listing in the heart of Melbourne for just $210 a week sounds all well and good until you realise you can reach the sink from the bed.

The room inside a Fitzroy home was recently listed online and promises one bedroom and one bathroom, all within arm's reach.

The shower sits right next to the loft bed, which has a couch underneath, all while "retaining its period features".

While there is a basin in the studio, the place also comes with a communal kitchen and laundry.

"Tram stop at your doorstep, close to public transport, the city and several exciting shopping districts, this opportunity will not last long," the listing said.

This Melbourne rental is $210 a week. Source: realestate.com.au
This Melbourne rental is $210 a week. Source: realestate.com.au

However, not everyone was impressed by the tiny space when compared to the rent and it sparked a lot of debate when images of the listing were shared to Reddit.

"For just $910 a month you could live in a bathroom with a bunk bed," a person sharing the listing wrote on Reddit.

"It's listed as one bedroom, one bathroom not as one bedbathroom. Surely that's false advertising," someone said in the comments.

There is a communal kitchen and laundry on the property. Source: Realestate.com.au
There is a communal kitchen and laundry on the property. Source: Realestate.com.au

"Wow. How is that even allowed?" another person said.

One user said the listing had been online for several weeks without any suitors.

Some did however see the positives in the living space.

"Room with an inbuilt ensuite is boss. Winning," one said.

The open plan bath-and-bedroom for $210 a week left some people shocked. Source: Realestate.com.au
The open plan bath-and-bedroom for $210 a week left some people shocked. Source: Realestate.com.au

It's not uncommon to see suspect listings in major cities for excessive prices.

Just last month people thought it was "depressing" when a tiny studio in the luxe Sydney suburb, Paddington, was listed for $280 a week.

A recent survey by Anglicare Australia of 45,992 rental listings shows the market is less affordable than ever, with the damning assessment coming as inflation soars across the country.

Only 712 of the rental properties surveyed, or two per cent, could be afforded by Australians earning minimum wage.

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