$125 rent for a patched-up car­a­van

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN

A run-down-look­ing car­a­van with win­dows held to­gether by brown sticky tape is be­ing ad­ver­tised for rent as a ‘‘fully-fur­nished onebed­room unit’’ in New Wind­sor.

For a weekly rent of $125 a ten­ant would get to live in the car­a­van, which sits on a prop­erty on Bol­lard Ave.

The ‘‘unit’’ had been listed by Lin­coln Wu as a Mt Al­bert rental, fully fur­nished ‘‘1 bed­room unit with 1 bath­room’’ with white­ware in­cluded.

The rent in­cluded wa­ter, power and in­ter­net. No pets or smok­ers were al­lowed.

The pho­tos at­tached to the ad­ver­tise­ment showed a half­painted car­a­van, win­dows taped up with brown sticky tape and grass grow­ing through the wheel.

The small in­side space in­cluded a mi­crowave, bed and desk but a bath­room was not vis­i­ble.

Wu said the stand­alone car­a­van was on a prop­erty where his par­ents lived and the car­a­van’s ten­ant would have to go in­side the main house to use for ac­cess to a bath­room.

Wu had been rent­ing out the car­a­van for the last 20 years but couldn’t re­call how many ten­ants had been through.

But Mt Al­bert MP Jacinda Ardern said the list­ing took ad­van­tage of peo­ple’s des­per­a­tion.

‘‘No one should prey on peo­ple’s vul­ner­a­bil­ity in a cri­sis,’’ she said.

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The Mt Al­bert car­a­van is ad­ver­tised for $125 per week, with no smok­ers or pets al­lowed.

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