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  • Property-a-holics

    Need for low cost temporary accommodation?

    I was watching the "Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords" programme last night (hi to regular Paul Shamplina on it!) and a tennant in Harrow was subletting a 3 bed house with around 15 or so people in it, including some children. The guy said he was doing it because it was so expensive to live in London and it was the only way he could afford to live there. The cheapest 3 bed semi I've seen on RM is £1400pm. The LL was aware of the problem and had already put into the courts to evict the people in the house. But where would they go/what would they do?

    Would a return to dormitory style living work for people who genuinely wanted to work locally and live in accommodation that was as cheap as possible? Something like the spit and sawdust backpacker hostels that are prevalent in other parts of the world? The closest we come to it in the UK afaik are YMCA hostels, although these seem to be more for people that may be otherwise homeless?

    Dormitories for workers, a bit like on Auf Wiedersehen Pet when the lads go off to Germany to do a short term work contract. Does this type of accommodation exist any more or has it been NIMBY'd out of existence?

    Any thoughts?

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    Common staying in dog pet size cages in Tokyo. It is part of life when there is no affordable homes.

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    I think a lot of these type of contract workers stay in static caravans on caravan parks!

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    Not necessarily, but there is a caravan park at Abbey Wood in East London. Smile

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    A quick google found a hostel near The Shard at £17.50 per night, that seems reasonable for London.

    No spit and sawdust, clean but basic rooms, group discounts, en-suite at an additional cost, in house cafe/restaurant, etc, etc.

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