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Is your housing costs too high? Well be glad you don't live here!

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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Minuscule Parisian Apartment Housed Man For 15 Years

A photo shows the tiny apartment that a man rented for 330 euros a month in Paris.

Fondation Abbe Pierre

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 square feet.

"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.

A 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.

RTL reported 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.

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by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

 Yikes!

Emiliush
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

in ukraine a NEWBORN coat costs 50$..... its crazy.. thats how it is....

but then you dont know how much they get paid, and whats their minimum wage is...

[sorry I didn't read the whole story, i did saw the number though... so im assuming the idea]

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

There are much smaller rentals available in Tokyo... someone's trying to build something similar in Vancouver, too.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

San Francisco is also trying to pass new regulations allowing micro-apartments.

Quoting LindaClement:

There are much smaller rentals available in Tokyo... someone's trying to build something similar in Vancouver, too.


Naughty Wittle Puppy

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM
It was almost 8 square meters smaller than what is Legal to sell in France...

That's crazy.

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM
This wasn't micro though. This was a closet...

Quoting NWP:

San Francisco is also trying to pass new regulations allowing micro-apartments.

Quoting LindaClement:

There are much smaller rentals available in Tokyo... someone's trying to build something similar in Vancouver, too.


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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Or a bedroom in NYC.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

This wasn't micro though. This was a closet...

Quoting NWP:

San Francisco is also trying to pass new regulations allowing micro-apartments.

Quoting LindaClement:

There are much smaller rentals available in Tokyo... someone's trying to build something similar in Vancouver, too.



Naughty Wittle Puppy

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I think they're a great idea. No one can be forced to rent one, but lots of people neither need nor want any more space than that, and this will save them a LOT of money (and keep the food service industry healthy :D)

Quoting NWP:

San Francisco is also trying to pass new regulations allowing micro-apartments.

Quoting LindaClement:

There are much smaller rentals available in Tokyo... someone's trying to build something similar in Vancouver, too.



NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

And you couldn't even stand up in it...That is really crazy

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

It was almost 8 square meters smaller than what is Legal to sell in France...

That's crazy.


Naughty Wittle Puppy

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