Brisbane real estate agent forced to explain brutal ‘jail cell’ aesthetic of $300-a-week rent
An Australian real estate agent has been forced to explain why one of his rental properties looks like a “jail cell”.
The one-bedroom Brisbane property with a combined living room and kitchen is surrounded by dark gray concrete walls and polished black flooring.
Photos of the property, which rents for $300 a week, show only a single square window at the back of the room.
But the property’s agent says the look is deliberate, designed with an “industrial” look.
A Brisbane rental house (pictured) that charges $300 a week in rent has been likened to a “jail cell” because of its compact space and dark gray walls surrounding it.
The narrow, compact room is also equipped with a sink, a small bar deck, a tiny bathroom and an adjoining shower area.
An open wooden cabinet and shelf were also fitted into the small space.
Basic amenities such as electricity, water, gas and internet connection are provided to the potential tenant.
Tenants took to social media to express their shock after photos of the inhospitable-looking property were uploaded to Facebook with the caption “the word you’re looking for is cell”.
“This is so grim and $300 a week,” one Reddit user wrote.
“Holy shit, this is dark,” said another.
The rental includes a combined living room and kitchen area as well as a small bedroom (photo) and a small bathroom area with adjoining shower.
One user suggested that the owner of the house may not have bothered to paint the walls, as whoever was moving in would be shelling out a significant amount in rent to pay for the upkeep of the property.
Others said renting offered good value, especially for low-income people like students.
“If you’re a student, you don’t need much more,” one tenant wrote.
“I’ve seen worse when you consider utilities included,” said another.
The small kitchen area includes a sink (pictured) and mini-fridge located in a common area with the living room.
Photos uploaded to social media show a polished black floor and a small square window located at the back of the house.
The property’s leasing agent, Peng Zhao, supported the value of the property.
He admitted the interior layout of the house could force tenants to think twice before moving into the property.
“It was built with an industrial feel,” he said. Yahoo.
“(it) may not suit everyone’s taste.”