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Published: 24/11/2016   Last Updated: 24/11/2016  
Tags: Legislation To Prevent Landlords From Renting Out Tiny Rooms

In an attempt to stop landlords from renting out tiny rooms the Government is proposing to bring a new law to prevent people from renting out rooms smaller than 6.5m2 or 70sq ft in HMOs. The proposal has been put forward to stop landlords from renting out tiny bedrooms, some for as much as £1,000 in London.1 There is some concern that increasing the minimum size of rental bedroom might push up rents further, however most discerning landlords will probably welcome the changes, as it will stop rogue landlords from renting out tiny spaces.

House sizes in the UK are much smaller than those found in the rest of Europe, according to Cambridge University. The size of a new build property averages at 76sqm, which is half the size of the average home in Denmark which is 137sqm.

Brandon Lewis, the housing minister, commented on the new proposals:  “It is simply unacceptable that people are living in cramped, unsafe accommodation provided by landlords who are more interested in a quick profit than the safety or welfare of their tenants.

“The government is determined to crack down on rogue landlords … The proposals intend to make it easier for local authorities to raise standards in houses used as shared homes by setting a minimum size of rooms in line with existing overcrowding standards.”

The ARLA, Association of Registered Letting Agents and most buy to let landlords have embraced the proposed changes. David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, stated: “The consultation is a step in the right direction. There are a minority of rogue agents and landlords bringing the sector into disrepute, and anything that can be done to try and eliminate these is a good thing.

“We must focus our scarce resources on removing the rogue and criminal landlords and agents and this can only be done through enforcement, not administration.

Sources:

1.    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/nov/06/government-proposes-minimum-bedroom-size-for-rental-properties

2.    http://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/knowledge/articles/2015/11/new-legislation-set-to-see-minimum-bedroom-size-enforced/