HMO licensing rules to be include low-rise homes and flats

HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) licensing rules are to be expanded to cover all properties, regardless of height, that are occupied by five or more people from two or more households. Currently only properties of three or more stories must be mandatorily licensed.

These new rules, which still have to be put before and approved by Parliament, will bring an extra 160,000 homes into the licensing regime.

Other new rules that are set to come into force will set minimum size requirements for bedrooms in HMOs. Rooms used for sleeping by one adult will have to be at least 6.51 sqm in size, with those for two adults no smaller than 10.22 sqm. Rooms slept in by children of ten years and under will have to be no smaller than 4.64 sqm.


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