Ivan Lopez poses at his home, a less than 7 square meter apartment in the 5th district of Paris, on September 14, 2016. AFP / Thomas SAMSON
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Thousands of Parisians round off a hard day's work with a trudge up six flights of stairs to a tiny, stuffy room they resignedly call home. In a city where it is notoriously difficult to find a flat – especially on a low budget and without the right paperwork – many rooms that once served as domestic helpers' sleeping quarters have been turned into apartments for rent."I don't have a guarantor, no relatives in Paris, and I have a foreign accent," says Lopez, a 35-year-old of Mexican origin who rents a room measuring just 6.8 square meters for 370 euros ($415) a month.Repeatedly turned away by rental agencies, he has been unable to find better lodgings for eight years.For lack of anything better, Ratrimoson is clinging to the tiny space measuring 7.5 square meters, with no ventilation or heating.Albert Verdier took 15 years to find a better home than the 6.5 square meters he occupied for 350 euros a month.
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