A property to rent in Brighton has been attracting a lot of attention on social media… for all the wrong reasons.

“Is that a rainfall shower head above the drain and loo??? Please tell me they installed an invisible wall in this prison cell,” reads one of the comments after the property had been posted online.

Room with a loo

This 338 sq ft one bed flat on Guildford Road, central Brighton, is described as having “a fantastic size bedroom with a double glazed window to front and en-suite wet room area”, which is actually just a toilet situated next to the bed… and all that for £1,000 a month in rent.

Image: Mishon Mackay

The comments on social media range from amusement to disbelief.

“It’s disgusting. I saw a listing for a flat in Brighton that charges £1,000 a month for a toilet in the same room as a bed. (…) it’s unacceptable.”

“Open the front door after a hard days of work to see your boyfriend on the loo reading the paper – lovely welcome home.”

“Brighton is a joke, I’ve seen tonnes of single lodger bedrooms in family homes going for £700-800p/m. It’s shameful.”


The local agent who advertised the property has apologised and rectified the ‘error’ on the property listing: “This has now been amended and we are very sorry for any confusion – it shouldn’t have been listed as an en-suite.”

‘Prison cell’ for rent

The Brighton’s ‘room with a loo’ is not the only one currently on the market being compared to a prison cell.

A studio flat with an oven next to the bed and bars on the windows is available for rent for £1,100 a month in Hackney, one of London’s crime hotspots.

Image: Prime Estate Agents

The advert reads: “A nice studio. Property benefits from a large room with a kitchenette, nice shower and toilet. Fantastic location, just minutes away from local station. The property is in great proximity to many fantastic bars and restaurants due to its location, many supermarkets, hospitals, schools etc. make this a great place to live.”

However, the public is less enthusiastic about the property: “Here in America, we call that a prison cell. No rent involved, just a 20-30 year lease,” reads one of the responses to the advert.