Sydney studio flat with cracked tiles and a toilet next to bed up for rent in Paddington


A pair of dilapidated studio flats have come under fire after the landlord advertised them for a whopping $345 and $350 per week amid the ballooning rental crisis. 

The tiny Paddington units in Sydney’s prestigious eastern suburbs were posted to a social media real estate page but potential tenants were aghast. 

Photo of the flats shows cracked floors, dirty broken tiles and a loo right next to the bed, with tiny windows near the top of the ceiling.

One person asked: ‘Who would want to rent this out?’

A pair of dilapidated studio flats have come under fire after the landlord advertised them for a whopping $345 and $350 per week amid the ballooning rental crisis 

Photo of the flats shows cracked floors, dirty broken tiles and a loo right next to the bed, with tiny windows near the top of the ceiling

Photo of the flats shows cracked floors, dirty broken tiles and a loo right next to the bed, with tiny windows near the top of the ceiling

It comes furnished with a wardrobe, cooktop, microwave, TV, a bar fridge and what appears to be a cheap kettle and toaster combo.

Another room had yellow walls and a kettle for use, along with a handy can of bug spray.

Both properties included a washing machine and unlimited internet, the advert said. 

Social media commenters called the one-room units ‘unliveable’.

‘I cant believe my eyes, this is absolutely disgusting who would want to rent this out… This is no way a studio,’ one said. 

Another said: ‘It’s even unfit for animals to live in. Asking for that much rent at least fix flooring and paint the walls. Unliveable conditions.’

'I cant believe my eyes, this is absolutely disgusting who would want to rent this out¿ This is no way a studio,' an online commenter said

‘I cant believe my eyes, this is absolutely disgusting who would want to rent this out… This is no way a studio,’ an online commenter said

Another room had yellow walls, TV, bar fridge, TV and a kettle for use, along with what seems like a handy can of bug spray (pictured)

Another room had yellow walls, TV, bar fridge, TV and a kettle for use, along with what seems like a handy can of bug spray (pictured)

But others saw the funny side of the situation. 

‘Just had another look, you can sit on the can and watch TV. Shut up and take my money I am ready to move this weekend,’ another joked.

‘Sorry to be a pest, but does the can of bug killer come with the price? Is there a rodent issue with this palace?’

‘[The units] look like they started demolition and changed their mind halfway through’, one more wrote.

The ads come as economists have warned rents for 2023 are set to rise even higher, with new migrants entering the country stoking further competition. 

Tenants in the country have been paying an eye-watering $700 a week for units with a single bedroom and no car space as new data reveals how much the cost of renting has soared.

Sydney’s median rent skyrocketed 28.4 per cent to $695.81 a week over 12 months, making it Australia’s most expensive capital city market, SQM Research data showed.

The ads come as economists have warned rents for 2023 are set to rise even higher, with new migrants entering the country stoking further competition

The ads come as economists have warned rents for 2023 are set to rise even higher, with new migrants entering the country stoking further competition

Pictured: One of the studio flat's tiny bathrooms

 Pictured: One of the studio flat’s tiny bathrooms

One-bedroom units with no car space are being advertised for $700 a week in Bondi – but this is entry-level in the famous Sydney beach suburb where $1,008.93 is the median rent for an apartment. 

PropTrack economist Angus Moore has forecasted rents will keep going up as migration and housing demand increases

‘That increase in population will put upward pressure on rental demand amid already tight conditions,’ Mr Moore told Loan Market. 

He said that the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed last August temporary visa arrivals had exceeded 300,000 for the first time since the pandemic began. 

Student arrivals also exceeded 40,000, which is not far off the pre-pandemic levels. 

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