Someone is renting this van to live in for £220 a month

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Would you pay £220 to live in this van? Bristol Post/SWNS.com
Would you pay £220 to live in this van? Bristol Post/SWNS.com

A dodgy landlord is hoping to find a tenant willing to pay up to £220 rent per month – to live in his parked van.

The owner of the yellow minibus has listed the vehicle on a classified adverts website.

The seller – who calls himself ‘Johnny’ – claims the van comes with all the facilities required for “winter living” on a street including a fire burner, cooker, oven, sink, double bed and kitchen table.

The van is parked on a residential street: Bristol Post/SWNS.com
The van is parked on a residential street: Bristol Post/SWNS.com

The monthly rent is quoted at £220 at the top of the slightly dodgy-looking Gumtree ad, although a lower figure of £160 appears further down in the description.

According to the advert, the LDV Convoy van is parked in High Street, Easton, Bristol, and is available to move into on 1 November.

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Photographs show that it is parked in a narrow residential street, with two wheels on the pavement, next to a traffic calming measure where the road narrows.

The seller is looking to cash in on an alarming trend in Bristol where people who have been forced to resort to living in vans on the street in the face of the city’s housing crisis.

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For the past year, an estimated 35 vans, caravans, horse boxes and other large lived-in vehicles have been parked around Greenbank Cemetery in Easton – just half a mile from where ‘Johnny’s’ van is parked.

The so-called ‘van dwellers’ are taking advantage of an apparent legal loophole, which says authorities can do nothing to move them on as long as their vehicle is MOT’d and taxed.

The ad that ‘Johnny’ posted on an online ads site: Gumtree
The ad that ‘Johnny’ posted on an online ads site: Gumtree

A spokesperson for Bristol City Council said last week: “We are aware of a growing trend of people who are turning to living in vans or caravans on our streets in Bristol.

“We realise that this trend is having an impact on other residents around the city, however the council is restricted in how it can respond.

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“Without parking restrictions, we are limited by national law in what we can do to enforce moving these kind of vans which are parked legally.

“This kind of enforcement would in any case not help to combat the longer term causes of this national problem.

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“We are looking at a number of short-term solutions to address this problem, combating the impact on local residents, and providing more security for the van dwellers.

“For some people, the long term solution may be finding affordable housing, and we are continuing to work hard to build more houses across the city.”

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