It’s no holiday camp! Caravan parked in a North London garden advertised as a ‘self-contained garden studio flat’ will set you back £790-a-month
- The dated caravan is parked in a garden in Barnet, North London – and is on the rental market for £790pm
- The tiny living quarters come with a double bed, washing machine, overhead storage and a working kitchen
- Price does include all bills and Wifi – but the landlord is asking for nearly a £1,000 to secure it
- To buy a caravan of a similar age outright on ebay, you’d pay around £2,000 – just two-and-a-half months’ rent
London is known for its ruthless rental market, but this particular ‘property’ will come as particularly depressing news for those trying to secure a home in the capital.
A dated caravan, meant for touring holidays, that’s parked in a homeowner’s garden in Barnet, in North London, is currently being advertised to renters for a whopping £790 per month.
Described in the property advert as ‘a self-contained garden studio flat’, the caravan comes with a studio-style bedroom and kitchen, with a washing machine perched right next to the bed.
The £790 monthly price tag is £266 more than the average UK rental price – of £524 – and equal to the London average of £794, according to rental website SpareRoom.
New low for London’s property market? The dated caravan is parked in a garden in Barnet, North London – and is on the rental market for £790 per month. Pictured: The caravan’s interior, with a kitchen and foldaway double bed
Suitable for a week’s holiday in Weymouth – but to live here permanently might be a struggle. The tiny accommodation comes with a small kitchen with a hob, an oven and a sink plus a washing machine and a separate toilet with a shower
A small outdoor area comprising two chairs and a round table is available alongside the camper van. Owners added some décor by hanging a picture on their garden fence
To buy a caravan of a similar age outright on ebay, you’d pay around £2,000 – just two-and-a-half months’ rent for the rental being advertised.
The property, on Beechcroft Avenue, is advertised as ‘cute and available in the heart of Golders Green’ and ‘ideal for a single working professional’ – and it is significantly cheaper than the average Barnet rental, which is just shy of £2,000 a month, according to estate agent Foxtons.
Inside, a foldaway double bed – which becomes a seating area – is crammed into one end of the traditional caravan, with a washing machine installed directly next to it.
While the kitchen might have everything you need, there’s a compact oven with a hob on top, a small sink and a fridge, the very bijou space might get quickly get wearing.
Wrapped above the kitchen and bed is storage space via a series of cupboards, which anyone living here could make use of, given the lack of wardrobe or drawers.
The garden where the camper is parked is located in a leafy part of Barnet in North London, only a few minutes away from the Tube – and it is significantly cheaper than the average Barnet rental, which is just shy of £2,000 a month, according to estate agent Foxtons
Compact: The camper has its own toilet and a shower and storage, which while small, is functional. It also comes with all bills and WiFi included in the rental cost – the van is not pet friendly and allows students
At the far end of the camper, which includes overhead storage and a microwave, the owners have installed a double bed for the sleeping quarters
Next to the entrance, a classic caravan door that splits in two, there’s a chest of drawers and a portable heater to keep those sleeping the property in the middle of winter warm at night.
At the other side of the caravan is a very compact bathroom, which contains a toilet, small shower, sink and more storage cabinets. Outside, sandwiched between the garden fence and the entrance to the mobile home, there is a table and chairs for the potential for some cramped outdoor dining.
However, all bills and Wifi are included for the price. The caravan requires a deposit of £911.53 which, equivalent to five weeks’ rent, is the maximum legally permitted.
Howeowners can legally rent out a caravan on their property as long as they’ve secured planning permission.
The minimum tenancy is a year – so you’ve got to be confident that caravan life is for you before signing the lease. The caravan is not pet friendly and allows students.