The government is proposing a national minimum bedroom size as part of a drive to stop landlords carving up houses into ever smaller rooms to maximise rental income.
We have certainly heard a lot of stories from tenants joining us about rogue Landlords trying to maximise the amount of rent they can squeeze out of their properties which is actually putting the tenants health and well-being put in jeopardy. The new proposals will see bedrooms in houses of multiple occupation would have to be a minimum of 6.5 sq m (70 sq ft), and landords letting rooms smaller than that would be guilty of a criminal offence.
A majority of cases have been reported coming from London as the demand in this area is at an all time high and some Landlords are cashing in, these proposals aim to turn that behaviour and stop rent for as much as £1000 a month for a room that really should be considered a cupboard. The proposal was sparked by an outcry over “rabbit hutch properties”, many costing as much as £1,000 a month, as landlords cash in on the booming housing market, particularly in London.
In one instance, tenants at a flat in Hendon, north London, had to crawl on all fours to reach their rented bedroom, because the entrance was just 70cm high.
The housing minister Brandon Lewis said: “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.”
Here at Condor Estates we welcome the new proposals as it ensures that all tenants are sure of a safe place to rent and live at a monthly cost that is suitable based not eh area of the property. We work with our landlords to ensure that all rules/specifications and legislations are filled and adhered to.
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