Share bed with a neighbour

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When Sheffield bachelor Julian Payne opened a letter asking if he would be interested in sharing a bed with his neighbour he was more than a little surprised...

Then it dawned on him the correspondence might be some ingenious method to beat the bedroom tax.

It was only after he’d read it three times he realised the letter - sent out by his landlords Pennine Housing - was far more innocent than he had assumed.

It was in fact intended to encourage residents to become more green-fingered.

And the bed was one of three raised beds in a communal garden behind Julian’s flat in Harborough Avenue, Manor Park.

Julian, 54, said: “The letter said I was to fill in a slip if I wanted to share a bed with my neighbour.

“I was a bit perturbed. Then I thought my neighbour’s husband wouldn’t be very happy. When I realised what it was I had to laugh.”

Janette Pearce, Head of Pennine Housing, said: “Although we have fantastic communities, asking them to share a bed is definitely more than we would expect!”