Central Jakarta Deputy Mayor Irwandi inspects a 'sleep box' in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Jakarta Cracks Down on 'Sleep Box' Accommodation

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

SEPTEMBER 02, 2019

The Jakarta administration has closed down a "sleep box" – a larger but crummier version of capsule hotels – at Jalan Rawa Selatan V in Johar Baru, Central Jakarta, after the Central Jakarta Deputy Mayor Irwandi and Kampung Rawa subdistrict head Suherman inspected it on Monday and found that the establishment has been running without a permit. 

Sleep boxes have lately become an accommodation of choice for Jakarta's transient populations, including tourists and migrants looking for jobs in the capital.

A room in a sleep box can be rented for as short as 24 hours, just like a hotel, or for as long as a month. 

For some people, it has overtaken the indekost or kost, the ever popular rented rooms, as the most viable, and cheapest, accommodation in the city. 

A sleep box can be rented from Rp 50,000 per day ($3.5) to Rp 400,000 per month. This is way cheaper than a halfway decent indekost room in Jakarta that can cost anywhere from Rp 1 million to Rp 3 million per month.

But according to the Jakarta administration, conditions at most of the city's sleep boxes are less than ideal and could even be dangerous for their occupants.

The room is invariably small, some as small as 2 meters by 1 meter, with poor air circulation.

In the sleep box in Johar Baru, access to each room is gained through a flimsy sliding door. The room is hot and humid, since the only air conditioner in the establishment is found in a narrow aisle that doubles as a communal area. 

A man stands on the aisle of sleepbox boarding house at Central Jakarta on Monday (02/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A narrow aisle in the sleep box in Johar Baru that doubles as a communal space. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Inside the box: some apartment brochure and pamphlet that belong to the occupant seen on the sleeping capsule at Sleepbox, Central Jakarta on Monday (02/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Flyers for an apartment complex left in a room. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A small sliding door is the only access to enter the room. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A flimsy sliding door offers the only access to the room. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The boarding house caretaker shows interior of the sleepbox on Monday (02/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A caretaker shows the inside of one of the tiny rooms in the sleep box that barely fits a mattress. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The room list in sleepbox boarding house that almost all of them are occupied. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An announcement board at the sleep box in Johar Baru. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man stands inside the living room of sleepbox boarding house on Monday (02/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The living room. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
People hang around the parking lot of sleepbox boarding house in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Bikes parked in the sleep box's parking garage. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The neighborhood can be seen from the only window at the sleepbox boarding house is in the aisle on second floor. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A tiny window in the sleep box looks out into a narrow alley. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Small upstair to go to second first floor at sleepbox boarding house in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cramped spiral staircase leads to the second floor. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Outside the box: two prospective occupants sit in front of sleepbox boarding house building in Central Jakarta on Monday (02/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The outside of the sleep box in Johar Baru is indistinguishable from a normal house. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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