Essex

Westcliff-on-Sea flat sold despite 'mouldy' description

Westcliff-on-Sea flat Image copyright Scott & Stapleton
Image caption Rob Kahl described the bathroom at the flat, in the borough of Southend, as "fun and games"

A two bedroom flat, described as "mouldy" and "full of rubbish", has sold for £22,500 over its asking price.

The property, in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex, was also "not for the faint hearted", the estate agent said.

It was put on the the market for £125,000 and went for £147,500.

Rob Kahl, of Scott & Stapleton estate agents, said: "It was obvious what the condition was like, so I thought let's be a little bit different and not flower it up."

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Image caption The flat was "full of rubbish", according to the estate agent's description in the publicity material
Image copyright Scott & Stapleton
Image caption Mould was clearly visible above the rubbish in one of the bedrooms

The owners, who live in another part of the UK, had decided to sell up after it was left in a poor condition by tenants.

'Fun and games'

The property description also advised viewers to "wipe your feet on the way out" and Mr Kahl wrote "I think there may even be some fleas there to keep me company when I carry out viewings".

He said: "We had to go round with the bailiffs and it was full of rubbish, the kitchen was interesting, the toilet was fun and games and there's no point putting it on the market with the normal script - people needed to be pre-warned.

"Nobody was surprised or disappointed - I like to think I was honest."

Image copyright Scott & Stapleton
Image caption The first-floor flat (centre) was sold to a first-time buyer, who wished to remain anonymous

The flat, on St Helen's Road, had 25 viewings and 10 firm offers in the two days after it went on the market on Friday, the estate agent said.

They estimated that if it were cleaned and decorated it would be worth £170,000.

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