Much Ado in Paris Over Man's Tinier-Than-Twin Bed Home

' Minuscule ' flat indicative of Paris' housing crunch, say advocates
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2013 10:50 AM CST
A man in Paris had lived in this 16.8-square-foot apartment for 15 years, paying $442 per month.   (Foundation Abb? Pierre)

(Newser) – If this is a Parisian apartment, no wonder folks there are les miserables. For the past 15 years, "Dominique" has been paying $442 a month to live in a 16.8-square-foot Parisian apartment too small to stand up in, reports NPR. (FYI, a twin-sized bed measures about 20 square feet). "I come home, I go to bed," said the 50-year-old Dominique.

Paris law says that apartments must be a minimum 97 square feet, and include a shower. The micro-apartment has been closed and the landlord will be heading to court later this month, but housing advocates say it's a sign of how crazy Paris's real estate market is.

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