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Estate agent tried to sell garbage room ‘flat’

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 4 Mar 2012, 07:41

Published: 04 Mar 2012 07:41 GMT+01:00

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The glossy brochure used to market the modest 33 square metre space in Kungsholmen in central Stockholm, described the tenant-owner property as a one room apartment with a kitchen and stated that there was access to electricity, water and drainage.

But when the prospective buyers arrived to view the property it was established that in fact there was no kitchen, but decided to purchase the property all the same, according to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

It was later established that not only was the ‘flat’ missing cooking facilities it was also without a supply of electricity and despite the claims of the estate agent, had never previously been used as a dwelling.

The property was lit at the time of the viewing, but the power source had been taken from the stairwell. A detail that the estate agent claimed to be unaware of.

The buyers of the property approached the Swedish Board of Supervision of Estate Agents (Fastighetsmäklarnämnden) and reported the matter.

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The board has now issued a warning to the estate agent for errors in the marketing of the property and for the unsatisfactory management of queries referring to the electricity supply and the need for planning permission.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:09 March 4, 2012 by Borilla
How do you know an estate agent is lying? His lips are moving.
14:54 March 4, 2012 by hjoian
I only have experience with two estate agents in Sweden, both of whom gave mis-leading information. As usual,there is no real punishment for these people who will lie in order to get commission sales
15:40 March 4, 2012 by Evander
So...They buyers are stuck with no home? Why no refund?
15:44 March 4, 2012 by bobbysingh
Is there no way to to check a property before buying? And, while buying, can the buyer not mention a clause in the sale purchase deed that, if the property is illegal he can claim for full refund including damages etc.? and why is that, in such a case the property agent cannot be prosecuted? This means such a cheating can continue!!!
15:59 March 4, 2012 by Decedo
Stockholm, ......enough said
16:17 March 4, 2012 by insect

The prospective buyers viewed the premises and established there was no kitchen but decided to buy it anyway?

Im guessing a toilet was not high on their list of priorities in the apartment
17:04 March 4, 2012 by acidcritic
I am very worried about the fate of Sweden. I realize that swedes are becoming more and more like italians. In Italy no newspaper will publish as a new the fact that an estate agent tried to sell garbage houses. In Italy that`s the rule
17:52 March 4, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Ah! The dear old Fastighetsmäklarnämnden: where on earth would property buyers in Sweden be without them?

I've kept them busy many a time with malpractice by Swedish estate agents...
16:16 March 5, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
Why would these people buy it after looking at it? I think it would be evident it was a room to store bikes and such, no kitchen, no electrical outlets, etc.
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