Rightmove has taken down a property listing for a garden shed that had been marketed at an astonishing price of £160,000 as a one-bedroom apartment, even though it does not currently have planning permission for residential use.
An eagle-eyed member of the public found the property among the portal’s listings and asked Rightmove on Twitter whether to market such a property was ‘legal’.
The property, which is in West Dulwich, South London, was advertised as a ‘long leasehold rear ground floor self-contained flat with full vacant possession’ by its agent.
Rightmove replied to say: “Thanks for your tweet. If the property is liveable, and the agent has the contract to sell the property, it is legal. However, this property has now been removed, as it is no longer on the market.”
On the market
But the same property remains on the market. It’s listed by a property trading and auction platform on Zoopla.
The listing’s external image appears to show a garden shed that has been converted into ‘liveable’ accommodation. The Zoopla ad also lists the property as having a bathroom, a single bedroom and a private garden and that it was originally due to be auctioned on 12th December.
Records at the London Borough of Lambeth cast doubt on this claimed status. Its Assistant Director of Planning Rob Bristow last month refused permission for the structure to be converted from B8 storage to C3 residential.