Sarah Beeny Autumn 2017 - 17
WORDS: DANIELLE AMATO | IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES, SHUTTERSTOCK
If you think your home is too small, you
might be shocked by the size of some of
the micro-homes being built.
An investigation by Which? reveals that
many of the 8,000 new micro-homes built
since 2016 are just 16sqm - slightly smaller
than a boxing ring. It even found one studio
in Brent that, at just 8sqm, is smaller than
the average UK parking space!
Micro-homes have become more common
- and smaller - since the government
changed the rules to allow developers
to con ert ofﬁces into residential ho es
without planning permission, in 2013.
London micro-homes sold for an average
of £279,000 last year, less than half the
£580,000 average sold price of a home
in the capital, so they're snapped up by
cash-strapped Londoners trying to get a
foothold on the ladder.
The report found that the average price of
a micro-home rose 6.9% between 2013 and
2015, while the national average house price
rise was 8.7%. Micro-homes may also prove
difﬁcult to et a ort a e on
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