Landlord is accused of using luxury shopping bags to advertise a ‘miserable’ studio flat
You are not fooling anyone! Owner is ridiculed for using luxury shopping bags to advertise a ‘miserable’ studio in Leeds for £535 a month
- Joel Golby criticized the use of luxury shopping bags in property photos on Zoopla
- Studio available for £535 per month in Leeds comes part furnished
- The rent does not include electricity, gas, internet or municipal taxes
A landlord has come under fire after placing luxury shopping bags in photos of a ‘miserable’ rental property in Leeds.
Vice Writer Joel Golby, who has an eagle eye for spotting odd property listings, noted that the one-bedroom studio was available to rent for £535 a month, not including bills on the real estate website. Zoopla.
Almost every photo attached to the ad contains a shopping bag from a luxury brand like Chanel or Harrods.
The owner has raised the price to stay at the property by £9 since the listing was first created, despite its gloomy appearance.
A Leeds owner has been accused of using luxury shopping bags to stage photos of a ‘miserable’ studio
The photographs in the living room show a Harrods shopping bag placed strategically over the fireplace and a photo propped up against a frame.
Deputy writer Joel Golby joked that the landlord hoped to “distract” potential tenants by wearing a Chanel bag in the photos.
‘The Chanel bag is there to dazzle us – us propertyless goofballs that we are will be easily distracted by the bag and ignore the fact that the living room and kitchen are only delimited by slightly different carpet textures because I know that the person who rents it to us has a very nice card case or an overpriced belt,” Joel wrote.
Photos of the property show the living room with a black sofa and matching fireplace with a Harrods bag on top.
The other half of the room has basic kitchen facilities including a small microwave, fridge and oven.
A photo taken from another angle shows a Harvey Nicols and a Chanel bag strategically placed in the bedroom.
The owner included a snapshot of the bathroom sink, but chose to keep the shower images only for tenants who decide to book a viewing.
Despite being listed as partially furnished, the property appears to have all the basics and little room for the renter to bring many of their belongings.
A photo of the kitchen area shows a cookbook staged on the counter, while the space is stocked with basic appliances including a small fridge and microwave.
A fireplace image shows a wedding photo placed on top of a frame rather than inside, while a cookbook is propped up on the kitchen counter.
Property is described as fully decorated with newly installed new carpet.
Trying to gain interest, the owner wrote that the apartment was located near a variety of takeaways and shops, including Tesco Express, Poundland and the Post Office.
They added that the tenant will have to pay the bills, including electricity, with a recharge card meter.
The owner completed the listing by including photos of local parks and the train station, but did not share an exterior shot of the apartment.
The owner shared a photo of the bathroom which he claims has a shower, but it is not included in the selection of snapshots.