Two guys renting out room in $15.7m London penthouse for free

Two guys renting out room in $15.7m London penthouse for free

A luxury London apartment complete with astounding views is a pipe-dream for all but the very, very rich. However, for one lucky person, this option could be available for practically nothing.

Two technology entrepreneurs are offering one lucky individual the opportunity to rent out an en-suite room in their London penthouse, which they claim is worth some £8 million (S$15.75 million), free of charge.

"We'd like to find an interesting flatmate to hang out with - we don't need the money (hence the room is FREE!) but we want some good company - someone to hang out with, party with, bounce ideas around with and generally enjoy all that London has to offer," the advert on flat-share site, SpareRoom, reads.

Not only would the person be paying no rent-as all bills are included-the flat-sharer would have their laundry and cleaning sorted by household staff; a team of drivers would be on hand, and there would be a chef to cook their meals five days a week.

The penthouse apartment is located in central London, near Paddington station.

"We are open minded about the sort of person we'd like - you might already be successful and wealthy and want to live with like-minded people or at the very least you'll be ambitious. Being entrepreneurial and into technology is a big plus and enjoying getting drunk quite often is essential!"

There are of course some house rules.

No smoking or any additional pets are allowed, as lodgers will already be in the company of two Chihuahuas. In addition, any of the renter's guests would need permission before coming to the apartment.

Too good to be true?

While many would be sceptical by this advert, when contacted by CNBC, SpareRoom said the advert appeared to be "genuine", even though it was a rarity compared to its usual listings.

"In the twelve years we've been running SpareRoom we've never seen another ad quite like it," Matt Hutchinson, communications director at SpareRoom, told CNBC via email.

Hutchinson added that he had spoken to the live in landlord, Andrew, personally the day the advert was placed, and that the two men were looking for someone to share the apartment with, for company.

When contacted by CNBC, Andrew was not available to comment due to SpareRoom policy. "There's a growing number of people who rent out rooms for social reasons, not just for the financial benefit.

Most can't afford to waive the rent entirely though, and most of the homes aren't quite as posh as this one either," Hutchinson added.

A similar situation occurred in January, when SpareRoom founder Rupert Hunt offered up to three people the opportunity to "pay what (they) can afford"-from £1 to £1000 a month-to come live with him in his £3 million East London home.

If someone does manage to obtain the flat-share in Paddington, they'd be getting it for a bargain compared to the average monthly rent of £747 per room in London, according to SpareRoom.

Hutchinson said it would be hard to put a rental price on a room like this, however "it would certainly be upwards of £1,500 or even £2,000 per month," he said, making it out of reach for most London flat-sharers.

"The ad has, unsurprisingly, had a lot of interest so far and is bound to get more."

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