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Sleeping pods listed for rent on TradeMe being investigated by Auckland Council

Auckland City Council is investigating if sleeping pods advertised for rent in central Auckland and the way they were advertised, breach any building code or resource consent.

"The sleeping pods, advertised as 1 bedroom apartments at 57 Mahuhu Cres is an unusual situation the council has not encountered before," the council's director of regulatory services, Penny Pirrit, said.

Ms Pirrit said the investigation will also determine whether the pods are in breach of Auckland Unitary Plan rules, a document containing rules aiming to manage the city's growth.

A TradeMe spokesperson said the listing was posted online at 3pm yesterday and withdrawn after two hours.

"This was certainly a unique living opportunity, and not something we can remember ever seeing on TradeMe before," the spokesperson said in a statement.

"It may not be everyone's taste but we did not find anything unacceptable about this listing and we reckon some of our members would have been really interested in it, if the listing had stayed live."

The pods were advertised as a one bedroom apartment with one bathroom, the top pod being advertised for $200 per week and $180 for the bottom.

Housing expert Professor John Tookey told 1 NEWS: "I do not see how something like this is liveable, it is not liveable, all it is is an existence and there's a big difference between an existence and being able to live well."

Ray White has not answered requests for comment.

The Ray White listing on TradeMe was taken down two hours after it went up. Source: 1 NEWS


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