London renters trapped in “rabbit hutch properties”

Tenants in London are being squeezed into tiny studios or “semi-studies” costing £1,000 a month upwards, according to a report in The Guardian.

The newspaper reported that with rents and house prices rising, more landlords are splitting former family homes into small studios to boost their returns.

A search of rental websites found several examples of rooms where a mezzanine sleeping area had been erected, a shower was in the kitchen, or the tenant could reach the cooker from their bed.

The article quoted buy-to-let investment franchise Platinum Property Partners, Labour’s housing spokesman on the London Assembly Tom Copley, and campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter.