Room with a loo! The world's WORST rooms to rent - including the pad with a toilet in the kitchen and a 'warm and cosy' bolt hole with a boiler beside the bed

  • List of worst rooms to rent includes a Sydney apartment where the toilet is in the kitchen and there's no door
  • A New Zealand listing was advertised for $480 a month and all you are promised is a spot on the sofa
  • In London a tiny storage cabinet metres above the ground doubles as a home away from home if you have a ladder
  • A cramped bathroom in a Canadian home forces you to sit on the toilet sideways with your feet out the door
  • In a Brooklyn basement there is never any issue with the cold as the folding bed is up against a boiler and furnace

Frustrated by the lack of space in your current home? Chances are your place is still a lot more spacious and inviting than this list of some of the worst to rent.

Among the hit list is a unit in Sydney's eastern suburbs which boasts a toilet in the middle of the kitchen, and no there is not even a door for privacy.

At least the Australian 'entry' has a bit of space compared to some overseas apartments - one room for lease has the house's plumbing directly above a single bed and another features a mattress pushed up against a boiler and furnace in a basement.

The report by by Domain.com.au compares some of the worst.


SYDNEY, Australia (The room with a loo) $350 per week

This small Sydney apartment would make for an interesting dinner party when the toilet is adjacent to the kitchen

This small Sydney apartment would make for an interesting dinner party when the toilet is adjacent to the kitchen

COST OF SMALL ROOM VS AVERAGE WEEKLY RENT

Sydney        $350        $467

Auckland     $120        $397

Paris            $213       $426

London         $78         $649

Brooklyn       $223       $590

Los Angeles $171       $450

*Based on average weekly rents in city by Numbeo

This property in Sydney's supposed elite eastern suburb of Darlinghurst was such an eye-opener it made it onto worstroom.com.

On the Domain report they call it 'perfect for the keen multi-tasker'.

The toilet and shower recess sits adjacent to the kitchen.

Some might enjoy the convenience of having a toilet within close proximity of the beer fridge although the lack of a door for the ablutions might make for awkward dinner preparations if you were to have a friend over.

The Darlinghurst art-deco apartment was even referred to as 'city living at its best' and some other less than flattering descriptions popped up on the blog site.

One simply said 'are you serious?', another 'design on a dime' and one summed it up by asking 'why?'

 

OTTAWA, Canada (Use toilet sideways with feet out the door) Rent undisclosed

Slide your way in: This bathroom in Ottawa somehow manages to squeeze in a basin, toilet and shower

Slide your way in: This bathroom in Ottawa somehow manages to squeeze in a basin, toilet and shower

The Domain report suggests the only way to use this toilet is to sit sideways and presumably with your feet out the door. And the owner was a little bit sheepish when it came to revealing just how much you pay for the cramped privilege.

 

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Spot on sofa but watching TV might cost extra) $120 

Squeezed for space in Brooklyn unit

Do I get the whole sofa to myself? This Auckland pad (left) came with a sofa, only a sofa for $120 a week which left some interested parties whether they were allowed to 'watch TV' too. While, at right, this place in Brooklyn came with its own warning 'your other room-mate has to walk through your room to get to theirs' but you can fold the futon in half to make some space

The Kiwi contender (in Auckland) charged $480 for a spot on the sofa, presumably that's for a month but it's unclear. Still one wag couldn't help himself, asking 'can I watch tv?' 

The owner made sure to include the warning: 'Please read carefully I would like to rent my couch in my living room' and that it was 'for one person only (who) doesn’t mind to sleep in couch' 

 

BROOKLYN, United States (Warm and cosy with boiler and furnace by your bed) $294 

There's all the fittings, carpets, a light and desk and by the way, there's a boiler and furnace next to your fold-up bed on the back wall

There's all the fittings, carpets, a light and desk and by the way, there's a boiler and furnace next to your fold-up bed on the back wall

You won't ever feel the cold in this cosy Brooklyn basement with the boiler and furnace roaring into life most days.

'A very unique basement opportunity is available immediately,' the description states on worstrooms.com 

'There is a boiler and furnace in the basement, which does make noise. We’re really flexible about making the place right for you.' Presumably that doesn't include removing the boiler and furnace.

 

LOS ANGELES, United States (Hope you're not too claustrophobic) $171 

Tight squeeze much? At least they jammed a double bed in this California apartment, getting it out one day might be a problem though

Tight squeeze much? At least they jammed a double bed in this California apartment, getting it out one day might be a problem though

Domain's summary puts it bluntly - 'small room requires big imagination'.

More to the point, they say it is 'perfect for an old soul seeking a minimalist lifestyle'. But at least they got a double bed in there, where your clothes go and whether you can roll over without hitting your head on the ceiling is problematic.


SAN FRANCISCO, United States (Room is very airy) $240 

Frustrated house-hunters make a satirical point in San Francisco

Tenants will cope with most things including calling paying $240 a week to stay in this tent in the backyard of a San Francisco property a home - but some set-ups like this one (at right) in the middle of a median strip are meant to make a satirical point about the high cost of renting

LONDON, United Kingdom (You might need a ladder to get up there) $78 

Seeing is believing but getting up there is another thing: A converted storage alcove has been offered as a rental property at $78 a week in London - you might need a ladder to get up there but on the bright side the upkeep is minimal

Seeing is believing but getting up there is another thing: A converted storage alcove has been offered as a rental property at $78 a week in London - you might need a ladder to get up there but on the bright side the upkeep is minimal

It's a former storage space turned into a hardly believable living space for one - obviously.

Domain stated that the room in the suburb of Paddington 'would suit someone with no history of claustrophobia'. With the average weekly rent in London at $649, the $78 a week might seem like a bargain.


LONDON, United Kingdom (Breakfast in bed) $363 

Tight spaces: This small apartment in London is going at about half the cost and less than half the size of many other units

Tight spaces: This small apartment in London is going at about half the cost and less than half the size of many other units

The Londoner is listed as the 'Breakfast in bed' studio'.

At $363 it is advertised as a 'great room, central to everything'. Central to the sink, stove, the front door and closet.

 

BROOKLYN, United States (Mind your head on the plumbing above the bed) $222 

Every time you flush: This bed in another Brooklyn basement is pitched 'as long as you are under 5’4″ you are ok' with the main plumbing hovering right above your head 

Every time you flush: This bed in another Brooklyn basement is pitched 'as long as you are under 5’4″ you are ok' with the main plumbing hovering right above your head 

The location is is Bushwick, Brooklyn and the cost is $222 but you might want to mind your head when you get up.

The exposed pipes provide for an 'industrial feel'. In other words if you hit your head in the morning you will notice how well made they are.

 

PARIS, France (Room with a view and not much else) $213 

Welcome to the city of love: The room for rent in Paris which is 'good for one' but at least there's a little balcony to escape on

Welcome to the city of love: The room for rent in Paris which is 'good for one' but at least there's a little balcony to escape on

 In the city of love, Paris, there is room just for one in this apartment.

Mattress on the floor but the open balcony doors are a welcome feature - just be careful not to splash too much water when you wash up, it might end up soaking the mattress.

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