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Estate agent tried to sell garbage room ‘flat'

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A Swedish estate agent has received a warning after handling the sale of a room used for housing bikes, prams and rubbish after describing the property as a ‘studio flat'.

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.

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.

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