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Rental unit comes with toilet in kitchen

03 February 2014 Steven Cross

A Sydney property manager has been left puzzled after having to market a studio apartment with an inconveniently placed toilet.

While most property managers may have been left scratching their heads, Jace Youngberry from Sydney Links Real Estate decided the best way to deal with the elephant in the room would be to ignore it.

Described as ‘city living at its best’, the advertisement makes no mention of the positioning of the toilet or the glass paned shower right next to it.

“This extremely well located, ground floor, art deco, studio apartment boasts both character and charm. Freshly renovated, fully furnished, ready to move in, lock up and go convenience,” the advertisement reads.

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“Streamlined bathroom with an integrated internal laundry, floorboards and high ceilings, neat and tidy kitchen with appliances...”

But did Mr Youngberry do the property justice by skirting around the obtrusive plumbing? Not according to Sam Nokes, property management group manager at Jellis Craig.

“Something like this needs to be addressed from the get go. I’d make fun of it just a little bit, but at the same time you’d need to find the positive in it,” Mr Nokes said.

He suggested phrases such as ‘compact’ or ‘providing convenience from all areas of the home’.

“A silly throwaway line like that lets you make fun of it but still show the property in a good light,” he said.

According to Mr Nokes, studio apartments can sometimes throw curveballs at property managers, with landlords trying to cram as much as they can into a small space.

“We once had a bunk bed built into a property, but instead of a bottom bunk, that’s where the bathroom was," he said.

“We had a bit of tongue-in-cheek line about the ‘convenient bathroom located right next to the sleeping area’.”

While Mr Youngberry failed to return calls to confirm the property's status, it has since been listed as ‘under application’ on realestate.com.

Rental unit comes with toilet in kitchen
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