A studio apartment for rent in Melbourne’s CBD has gone viral on social media

A One bedroom studio apartment for rent in Melbourne has sparked outrage online, with some comparing the $350-a-week facility to a “prison cell.”

The apartment is located at 500 Flinders Street in the CBD and was advertised on Facebook Marketplace by someone who wanted to transfer their lease.

The tenant boasts that the studio is “walking distance to everywhere” and close to a tram stop.

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Amenities include a queen-size bed, an open wardrobe and a bathroom with a shower.

Access to a washing machine is also available, but only if you have $3 worth of coins.

The tenant shared several pictures of the small, outdated studio apartment. Credit: Facebook

The rental price is $1,391 per month, with the contract ending December 4 of this year.

The post was shared on social media platform Reddit, with many users shocked at the condition of the studio and asking if it was habitable.

Some compared the small living space to a “prison cell,” while others argued that a prison would actually be larger.

“Is it better to just go to jail? At least not have to pay rent?” one person wrote.

“I think we have nicer prisons to be honest with you,” said another.

In the online listing, the renter boasted that the studio was “walking distance to everywhere.” Credit: Facebook

In the hundreds of comments, many referred to the apartment building itself, describing it as “something out of a horror movie.”

“The building that houses this, 500 Flinders, is awful,” wrote one Redditor.

“I did an inspection there in 2016, the elevator almost got stuck, the pool was empty and full of mosquitoes and the railings and landings on each floor looked uneven.

“I’m not sure how safe it is for renters.”

Others who had previously either lived in the building or attended an inspection expressed similar feelings.

“I lived at 500 for a few months in the early 2000s, but back then it was a dump and doesn’t look like it’s improved,” one person wrote.

Another said: “I did an inspection there in 2004 and it was an asshole.”

The exterior of 500 Flinders Street. Credit: domain

As Australia’s property crisis continues, The federal government announced relief on the federal budget on Tuesday.

Commonwealth Rent Assistance payment recipients receive an increased rate, with maximum payment rates for low-income renting households increasing by 15 percent — or up to $31 per fortnight.

The measure is estimated to cost the budget $2.7 billion over five years, benefiting 1.1 million homes.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said it was the largest commitment to the program in more than 30 years.

Further details of the government’s housing deal, first presented in the October budget, were also revealed.

The plan calls for one million new, well-located homes to be built within five years, starting in 2024.

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James Brien

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