In France, news that an apartment measuring less than 17 square
feet had been rented out for 15 years is being cited as proof of an
overly expensive real estate market in Paris. A 50-year-old man
identified only as "Dominique" had been paying rent of 330 euros, or
about $442, to live in the apartment.
The story was highlighted by the housing advocacy group Fondation Abbe Pierre,
after the man asked for help dealing with his landlord. He had been
living in a space that measured 1.56 square meters — or about 16.8
"I come home, I go to bed," Dominique told the French website and radio station RTL, describing how he coped with living in the space.
photograph released by the advocacy group shows the apartment has a
skylight and a slanted roof, but "a person doesn't stand correctly" in
the space, it said on its Twitter feed. It added that the photo might
make the place seem larger than it actually is.
the story Thursday, saying that three different real estate agencies had
managed the apartment despite its small size. It added that the door to
the minuscule apartment was now permanently closed — and the owner
faces a court date later this month.
Le Monde reports that the legal minimum size of an apartment in Paris is 9 square meters. And it must include a shower.