PARIS, a city noted for teeny, tiny hotel rooms has topped itself. An “apartment” measuring less than 17 square feet has been rented for over 15 years to a 50-year-old man, identified only as “Dominique”, at 330 euros, or about $442 per month.
The story was highlighted by Fondation Abbe Pierre, a housing advocacy group, after the man asked for help dealing with his landlord. “I come home, I go to bed,” Dominique told the French website and radio station RTL, describing how he coped with living in the space.
The “apartment” has a skylight and a slanted roof, but “a person doesn’t stand correctly” in the space, the Fondation said on its Twitter feed. It added that the photo might make the place seem larger than it actually is.
This is highway robbery under the guise of an overheated real estate market.