Bloke who couldn’t afford UK rent now living in abandoned primary school

A musician struggling with sky-high London rents revealed that he’s managed to begin legally living in an abandoned primary school.

Musician Max Armfield lives in the primary school in south London after spending ages struggling to find a place in the capital’s oversubscribed property market.

Max, 24, is one of roughly 20 people who live in the former school, and has managed to convert one of the old classrooms into a home and work space for himself.

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"It's definitely pretty strange sometimes because all the toilets and sinks are knee height because this used to be a primary school,” he said in a TikTok he posted about his living situation.

"I mean it's the only place in London that I was able to set up a studio and the guy in the room next to me has ripped up all his floorboards to create a photography space.”

The video shows the corridors still littered with artwork and notices, while the playground, which can still be accessed by the building’s residents, still has marks that were used for children’s games.

Max's room contains a large sofa, television, chairs, two guitars and a table with a computer and speakers which he uses to create music.

He even managed to convert an adjacent room to a bedroom, which contains a double bed, side table and even a basketball hoop on the door.

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The school he now lives in closed last September after moving to a new £9.3 million site nearby.

He revealed exactly how he was living there legally in a followup video.

“This is called a guardianship scheme where disused buildings are rented out at a rate that is slightly below the average for the area to stop people illegally moving into the buildings.

"The main reason that I wanted to move here though is because it allows me to make music that I can't really do if I'm sharing a house with other people.”

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