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£750 a month to live in plastic dome in landlord's back garden - but there's no kitchen or loo

Many people looking for a place to live are having to be resourceful as rents soar around the country. But one house hunter was stunned to see an advert on a rooms website offering a bed in a plastic dome.

The accommodation sits next to a different dome in the landlord's back garden. And for those who fancy it, there is a £750 a month price tag.

There is a potential further hitch however with the dome having no cooking facilties or toilet with the ad saying the tenant would have to go inside the main property to access those, reports The Mirror.

According to the advert the room would suit “someone who is minimalistic”. It described it as “the most beautiful place to sleep in the spring and summer months”.

The listing on the SpareRoom website said on the also suggested it would be for "someone who appreciates the outdoors and someone who loves nature”.

Both structures sit between established trees and seem to share a common space, with tables and chairs. The listing – in trendy Highgate, north London – came as rents across Britain continue to rocket and millions face a cost of living crisis.

Housing campaigner Alasdair Mcclenahan, of Justice for Tenants, said: “The cost of living is increasing but wages and income are not. People have to do whatever they can to get a roof, or in this case, a dome, over their head and not be out on the street.”

Portia Msimang, from Renters’ Rights London, said the dome was “cute for a weekend but a really horrible housing situation.” She added: “I fear plenty of people would willingly pay £750 per month to sleep under PVC in this back garden, such is the extent of the housing emergency in London.”

Local one-bed flats in Highgate – home to stars like singer Harry Styles and actor Jude Law – can cost £1,900 a month. Yet the average monthly salary nationwide for 20-somethings is £2,257.

Highgate MP Catherine West was aghast at the dome set-up. She said: “While a ‘geodesic dome’ might be a good way to go glamping, spending £750 a month for one in London is a damning indication of our housing crisis.

"Far too many young people are being forced into completely unacceptable solutions like these. The Government needs to build the housing we need.”

The dome was listed as a residential let several times, most recently this month. But when contacted, the woman who placed the advert denied she ever had ever intended to let out the dome.

She said: “It was a meditation area for my mental health during lockdown. Not for renting.

"The listing is out of date, it should have been taken down and it has now been removed.

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