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Two cats on a table out doors(Picture: SpareRoom)
Two would be meowlords are looking for a tenant (Credit: SpareRoom)

We all know the London rental market is a hellscape, but sometimes something comes along that’s so ridiculous you can’t quite believe what you’re reading.

House hunters browsing Spareroom for places in the capital probably thought they’d stumbled on quite a standard listing in Kensal Rise – until they realised one thing: it’s being advertised by animals.

That’s right, two Siamese cats have apparently overcome the lack of opposable thumbs and learnt how to type. The listing is advertised as a ‘lovely big room for cat lovers’.

They’re subletting their one-bedroom ground floor flat, which they share with their humans. The pair say in the listing, ‘We live with a lovely couple of humans who take care of us, they think the place is theirs, but it’s ours’.

What the lucky applicant will actually get is just a single bed in the living room of ‘the cat’s’ flat – for a whopping £1,000 per month. Bills are included, but there is a £500 depawsit (sorry).

Describing the room, the cats wrote: ‘It’s a very large room with high ceilings, which we cats love to lounge around.’ 

The room comprises of a single bed, and two sofas – one of which pulls out into a double bed. There’s also a desk, which the felines would surely say would be purrfect for anyone working from home.

The meowlords assure would-be tenants that they would have their own space as ‘the female human’ isn’t around for much of the time, ‘so it’s just us and the male’.

Despite the odd choice of words, they say that ‘the male’ sticks to just the kitchen and dining room, apart from to water the plants. ‘So we thought we’d rent it out on a room-only basis,’ they add.

We are a couple of Siamese cats that live in a large 1 bedroom ground floor flat with a private garden on a quiet street in a great location with great access. We live with a lovely couple of humans who take care of us, they think the place is theirs, but it?s ours (Picture: SpareRoom)
The siamese pair are willing to share their living space with the purrfect tenant (credit: SpareRoom)

Whilst it would be the tenant’s own space, the cats hope they’d be up for sharing: ‘It is your private space which we only hope you’ll be cool to share with us cats as we love to lounge around in there sometimes.’

There is also a shared dining room kitchen, bathroom and private garden space – which the cats can be seen enjoying – and are decorated with their toys and accessories. 

As you can imagine, the internet had a field day with this one. 

The posting went viral after Twitter user Eloise Hendy shared the couple’s identical post on a London sublets Facebook group. Hendy said it showed that ‘the london rental scene is the Wild West’.

Some, like Phillipa B, are perplexed at the idea of cats being landlords: ‘How a cat gets a bank account, I don’t know. Maybe rent is payable via Pawpal.’

User Liesbeth Corens said: ‘Can someone come and sort out London please, because this isn’t even the insanest thing out there.’

Edward Caswell added: ‘£1000 a month to share a room with strangers that pretend their cats have Facebook. You’re kitten me right? Are they fur real?’

Some also pointed out how worn down they are by the London rental market.

‘I hate that long hours on Rightmove trying to find a place in London actually has me like, “that doesn’t sound too bad” lol,’ commented Jo.

A few people, however, thought it sounded like quite a good deal and would quite like to share with cats. Edie tweeted: ‘I dunno, man. Farringdon for a bag plus free cats? Where do I sign.’

While the listing is lighthearted in nature, it highlights just how bad the rental market is in the capital. According to Rightmove, it now costs on average £2,633 a month to rent in London. Renting is so bad that there are now only six postcodes in the whole of London where rent is under £800 a month.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that private rents rose by 10.8% in London between April 2023 and April 2024.

Although the listing is still live, it’s currently closed to new applicants. Hopefully that means the whiskered would-be property tycoons have been inundated with offers (and treats).

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