Homes Under the Hammer's Tommy Walsh floored by 'rough' Lewisham flat with high price tag

Tommy Walsh was not impressed with this property on Homes Under the Hammer
-Credit: (Image: BBC)


Homes Under the Hammer visited Lewisham during Wednesday's episode (May 29) as host Tommy Walsh looked at a one bedroom Victorian conversion that was up for auction. The freehold property was located in Ladywell, with quick links into Central London, and was valued at £245,000.

But immediately after entering the South London flat via a door at the rear of the property, Tommy looked unimpressed and it was clear the home desperately needed modernising. "This is going to need some TLC, badly", the host told the camera.

"This must be the living room because you've got the fire in here," he added while looking sceptical at the decoration. Tommy then continued to explore the property as he urged the buyers to restore the bedroom to its original features.

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Tommy Walsh points out the boiler above the kitchen sink in Homes Under the Hammer
Tommy Walsh points out the boiler above the kitchen sink in Homes Under the Hammer -Credit:BBC

He said: "With a bit of creativity this could be returned to its former glory". Walking into the kitchen he said it 'looked a bit rough' before pointing out the boiler had been installed over the kitchen sink.

The rotting ceiling was also falling down. "This is a bit rough, for me this is a strip back and start again", Tommy added.

On a positive note, the builder did explain that the property had a lot of potential and could be made even bigger thanks to a large basement, and garden area.

Business owner and property developer Dharmesh purchased the property for £270,000. But after applying to Lewisham Council for planning permission to convert the basement, it was rejected.

Dharmesh completely revamped the Lewisham property and it looked brilliant
Dharmesh completely revamped the Lewisham property and it looked brilliant -Credit:BBC

After gutting the flat, Dharmesh re-configured the one-bed flat spending £55,000 on renovating the property, giving the property a total of cost of £325,000.

One estate agent said the property was finished to a high standard and valued the flat between £400,000 and £410,000, giving Dharmesh a pre-tax value of £85,000.

Homes Under the Hammer airs weekdays at 11.15am on BBC One

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