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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

Tiny and expensive box room investigated by council Tiny and expensive box room investigated by council

How's this for living: your wardrobe, front door and kitchen worktop all within arm's reach of your bed.

Interested? Islington Council certainly is as it's launched an investigation into an incredibly small - and very expensive - flat.

The miniscule property was snapped up within hours of being made available - at an eyebrow-raising £737 per month.

Now Islington's planning, environmental and safety officers are investigating after the Guardian's expose of the tiny property created an online storm.

Labour councillor Paul Convery told the Guardian the council was looking into the property after seeing pictures of it, adding that he believed it may have been created by splitting a larger studio flat into two without planning permission.

Cllr Convery has additionally asked the fire service to check that the flat to property comes up to fire safety standards.

However, the flat's owner, Andrew Panayi, told the Guardian: "The property does have planning. It's been checked several times by the environmental health and the planning department. We have not subdivided units."

A council spokesman said: "We take alleged breaches of planning rules and the housing acts very seriously, and are seeking to gain access to this property to investigate fully and rigorously. We will take robust action if any planning controls or housing acts are being breached."

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