David Wells said on Twitter: “These Anti homeless studs are like the spikes they use to keep pigeons off buildings. The destitute now considered vermin [sic].”
However, others defended the studs.
Gavin Logan said on Twitter: “There will be a context behind those anti-homeless spikes. Possibly a last resort against someone who was aggressive and refused housing.”
People living in the flats, which sell for upwards of £800,000, said the metal studs were installed two weeks ago after a number of homeless people were seen sleeping there.
One woman resident, who asked not to be named, said: “There was a homeless man asleep there about six weeks ago.
"Then about two weeks ago all of a sudden studs were put up outside.
"I presume it is to deter homeless people from sleeping there."
A couple, who also asked to remain anonymous, added: “It’s because of the homeless.
"The spikes have only been there very recently, less than a month."
A man looking around the flats, a ten-minute walk from Southwark Underground Station, said the spikes would not put him off.
The man, who only gave his name as Peter, a lawyer, said: “But would you want homeless people outside your door?”
Homelessness charities said the use of metal studs to prevent rough sleepers is widespread and they have been installed on ledges and in doorways for more than a decade.
Kathrine Stokes, 39, of Hull, East Yorkshire, photographed studs outside Tesco in Regent Street, London and uploaded the picture on Twitter.
She said: “It’s sad. It demonstrates a meaness and a lack of humanity for people.”
Katharine Sacks-Jones, head of policy and campaigns at homelessness charity Crisis, said: “It is a scandal that anyone should sleep on the streets in 21st century Britain. Yet over the last three years rough sleeping has risen steeply across the country and by a massive 75 per cent in London.
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