London shipping in containers as housing solution

London is facing a housing crisis, as demand for affordable accommodation grows.

Now, thanks to a new scheme, residents could soon be living in converted shipping containers.

They're called mYPads , the brainchild of London's Waltham Forest YMCA. These en-suite studio apartments are kitted out with all necessary mod-cons.

"It's freezing cold in winter and too hot in summer and I know that from living in corrugated iron huts, so getting it so that it's livable and affordable has taken three years,” said Timothy Pain of YMCA. 

Private rentals in the capital are soaring, up almost 5% year on year -and now stand at an average of R18,000 a month.

The rent for one of these containers is around 30% of the UK's minimum wage, which equates to about £75 a week, the equivalent to just under R1,200.

However, the borough council  says, while it's monitoring the scheme, it don't see this as the way forward. Concerns have also been raised that the containers could potentially create a type of ghetto.

- eNCA

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