Bathroom in the kitchen a shock surprise at Port Melbourne rental

Get more than you bargained for during breakfast at this Port Melbourne rental.

An old terrace at 502 Bay St is testing how far renters will go for an inner city lifestyle, with the kitchen and bathroom in the same spot.

For $400 a week, tenants can live at the two-bedroom property, where the only shower is right beside the stove.

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502 Bay St, Port Melbourne has an unusual feature …

The bathroom is in the kitchen.

The toilet is found outside in the paved courtyard.

Cayzer Real Estate has listed the property for rent, available with a $2000 bond.

They removed the only photo of the kitchen-bathroom combo after being contacted by the Herald Sun.

Agency director Geoff Cayzer said the terrace had previously been rented out in the same condition.

“Port Melbourne is one of the city’s oldest suburbs and there are a lot of these quirky things about,” Mr Cayzer said.

“It’s very common to have outside toilets and galley kitchens around here.”

He said the property had been kept in good condition and was much more affordable than other rentals in the suburb.

An outdoor toilet is in the courtyard.

“You can’t get anything for the same price but one-bedroom flats around here,” he said.

Port Melbourne’s median weekly rent is $745 for houses and $600 for units, according to realestate.com.au.

Real Estate Institute of Victoria president Leah Calnan said there was no issue with leasing out the property, providing it had a certificate of occupancy.

“I can’t say that I’ve seen a bathroom and kitchen joined together during my own property management career,” Ms Calnan said.

“At a practical level, it could be a great family home for parents trying to bathe their children while cooking.”

Other living areas inside.

There are two bedrooms in the terrace.

She said prospective tenants were within their rights to request modifications, like adding a wall, as part of their application.

“The worst thing a landlord can say is ‘no’,” she said.

The unusual listing has become available while the state government works on sweeping rental reforms that will come into effect from July 1.

These include improvements to minimum standards meaning landlords would have to provide working toilets, lockable doors and vermin-proof bins, among other basics standards.

Tenants Victoria chief executive Jennifer Beveridge previously told the Herald Sun they believed mandatory window coverings in the bathrooms and adequate ventilation should also be included as minimum standards.

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