Wanaka tiny home: $290 and you'll have to share loo

This Wanaka tiny house is available for $290 per week for a couple and $250 per week for one...
This Wanaka tiny house is available for $290 per week for a couple and $250 per week for one person. Photo: supplied
A Wanaka man has defended his "tiny tiny house" after an advertisement for it drew criticism online.

Thomas Schattovits is advertising the space for rent for $250 for a single person or $290 for a couple - but it is the size that is raising eyebrows.

The house is a mere 2 metres wide by 3.5 metres long and stands 2.8 metres at its highest point.

The 'house' comes with a gas kitchen, hot water, a space heater and is fully insulated for those chilly Wanaka nights. It fits a double bed, with a single bed below.

But if you need to use the bathroom you need to share the one in the landlord's house.

The response to the ad on social media was swift, with one woman labelling it a "rip-off".

Another said: "Wow - so tiny but so expensive."

The tiny house fits a double and a single bed. Photo: supplied
The tiny house fits a double and a single bed. Photo: supplied

But Schattovits is defending his rental property, noting that since he built it last year he has had no trouble finding tenants - including himself.

The single dad spent three months with his seven-year-old son inside the property he describes as like a "caravan on steroids" before moving as winter set in, saying that not being able to run around outside made sharing the space with his son "too tough".

Schattovits said that the pressure on housing in Wanaka meant that there was no shortage of people keen to squeeze in: "Wanaka has a lot of holiday work visa people and it's really tough finding accommodation."

Tenants have access to a gas stove inside the home. Photo: supplied
Tenants have access to a gas stove inside the home. Photo: supplied
Responding to the criticism, Schattovits said: "It's horses for courses, it's not for everybody.

"But it has a gas kitchen, it's got a space heater which heats it up in no time.

"It's got hot and cold running water, it's well insulated.

"They're like caravans on steroids, they're dry, they're well insulated, they've got proper doors, proper windows.

"I couldn't live in a caravan, I've tried. But I can live in a tiny house.

"It's really for somebody who likes to be on their own or a couple who like to be by themselves."

Potential tenants will have to be quick though, Schattovits already has three people queuing up to view the property.

 

Comments

Would cost way less to heat and use less electric than some of the huge houses being built these days.

Why all the knockers ? If people want to pay that amount for it good luck to him. The housing situation in Wanaka is nt great and it would probably do the job for a short term stay.

 

 

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