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‘Space shuttle pods’ available to rent in the heart of Melbourne

Tenants looking for affordable accommodation in the heart of Melbourne can sleep in new space shuttle pods.

The house, located at 15 Charles Abbotsford, offers single bedrooms for $250 per week (or $900 per month).

It also offers traditional bedrooms for $400 a week (or $1500 a month).

Landlord Frank Chan told Daily Mail Australia, ‘People stay here because they want the flexibility to check out whenever they want, no minimum stay, no bonds and bills.’

“It could be a solution to Australia’s tight rental market, at least for the short term, while waiting for the construction and housing sector to catch up,” he said.

The house, located at 15 Charles Abbotsford (pictured), offers single bedrooms for $250 a week (or $900 a month)

The house, located at 15 Charles Abbotsford (pictured), offers single bedrooms for $250 a week (or $900 a month)

Landlord Frank Chan said: 'It is very suitable for tenants who just want somewhere affordable to stay in the city center' (photo, the six pods)

Landlord Frank Chan said: ‘It is very suitable for tenants who just want somewhere affordable to stay in the city center’ (photo, the six pods)

‘It is very suitable for tenants who would like to stay somewhere affordable in the city center’, adds Mr Chan.

The short term accommodation industry has been one of the hardest hit during covid and many had to close permanently.

‘Now that the borders are opening again, there are shortages and therefore upward pressure on the price.’

He hopes municipalities can encourage and approve landlords to place more of these pods.

Mr Chan hopes municipalities can encourage and approve landlords to install more of these pods (pictured)

Mr Chan hopes municipalities can encourage and approve landlords to install more of these pods (pictured)

The listing stated that the property is adjacent to Woolworths, ALDI, Chemist Warehouse and North Richmond train station.

There are many restaurants, cafes and parks nearby, and the Abbotsford Monastery and MCG are within walking distance.

The guest house and capsules are fully licensed and can accommodate up to 12 residents.

They work with building inspectors, property attorneys, the council, the health department, consumer affairs and BBOA to ensure the home is fully compliant with Australian building codes and fire safety regulations.

The guest house and capsules are fully licensed and can accommodate up to 12 residents (photo, the kitchen, which is a shared facility)

The guest house and capsules are fully licensed and can accommodate up to 12 residents (photo, the kitchen, which is a shared facility)

Shared facilities include a modern kitchen, TV lounge with Netflix (pictured), courtyard, backyard, coin launderette and tumble dryer

Shared facilities include a modern kitchen, TV lounge with Netflix (pictured), courtyard, backyard, coin launderette and tumble dryer

The capsule capsules fit on a single bed (can sleep only one person), equipped with its own mirror, fan, USB ports, digital control panels, adjustable color reading lights, safe, coat hanger and curtain door for privacy.

Each private room is approximately 10 m² in size and has a queen-size bed, a desk and a fan.

Shared facilities include a modern kitchen, TV lounge with Netflix, courtyard, backyard, coin launderette and tumble dryer.

Mr Chan said the pods are very popular in Asia and have been around for over 50 years in Japan as it is the only affordable accommodation there.

“In Australia we already have hundreds of pods in Sydney, Brisbane and Tasmania and possibly Perth.

Mr Chan said the pods are very popular in Asia and have been around in Japan for over 50 years as it is the only affordable accommodation there (pictured, the 'space shuttle pod')

Mr Chan said the pods are very popular in Asia and have been around in Japan for over 50 years as it is the only affordable accommodation there (pictured, the ‘space shuttle pod’)

Mr Chan stated: 'In Melbourne I am somehow the only one with these pods (pictured) and I only have six'

Mr Chan stated: ‘In Melbourne I am somehow the only one with these pods (pictured) and I only have six’

“But in Melbourne I am somehow the only one with these pods and I only have six,” added Mr Chan.

He stated that in the short-term market there were only two general options: a private room (the hotel charges an average of $100 a night) and a bunk bed in a hostel for about $30 a night.

‘We are like a hybrid, targeting the market in between.’

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