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Rental containers for 600 euros are "illegal" and must be removed, says Lisbon City Council – Observer

The City Council in Lisbon ordered on Tuesday the "immediate removal" of 12-square-foot containers available for rent for 600 euros in real estate. The ad explained to Observer that this is an environmental concept practiced across Europe, but the municipality says the "apartments" – which are on the back of the Marvila building – They are illegal.

For the public, Fernando Medina's office says the country where the containers are installed is private and that the infrastructure officer is not licensed: "The structures are illegal because they were not licensed in the KLM urban services and are subject to living conditions and security / access to the site." Already, Joshua Mendonca, responsible for advertising, said the containers would be licensed because they are removable structures. The home is also advancing in the same newspaper that has already ordered the removal and demolition of the containers.

Speaking to the Observer, Yocho Mendonca, responsible for advertising, explains that the containers are made from recyclable material and represent a very small environmental footprint because they do not imply "earth moving". "It's a concept practiced all over Europe, in many countries," The room includes two divisions: a living room / bedroom with a bunk bed and a chest of drawers and a bathroom. There is also a "community meal and room preparation area" as well as laundry facilities.

Announcement websites – OLX and Imovirtual – describe "apartments" as "renewed and isolated eco-containers". The same ads explain that only two people can live in these rooms.

But anyway eco-friendly, on eco-containers generated controversy in social networks. Josho Mendonca tells the Observer that the negative comments are due to the fact that the Portuguese are not used to such concepts and see the containers as "tents".

However, the six apartments were all rented "on the same day they were released", he says. Customers? "Aliens," he says.

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