We’ve all seen them, those Mary Poppins houses where the landlord fits 10 bedrooms into a three bedroom house.
In a government crackdown on these crazy landlords, there will be a new minimum bedroom size to stop them from squeezing us into a rabbit hutch.
As rent prices rocket, landlords are sacrificing tenants’ quality of life for maximum profit, with some letting out rooms that are just three metres squared or advertising shared rooms.
The new minimum size would look like this with a double bed in it:
The government want to make the new minimum size of 6.52 square metres (70 sq ft) in shared house mandatory as part of a package of measures to assist a council crackdown on ruthless landlords exploiting tenants, the Guardian reports.
The current Housing act 1985 creates a large loophole by stating that the standards are just a guidance.
For now the rules only apply to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) with five or more people from two or more households.
The new ruling will bring about 174,000 more properties into licensing in addition to the existing 60,000.
The housing and planning minister, Gavin Barwell, said:
In order to build a country that truly works for everyone we must ensure that everyone has somewhere safe and secure to live.
These measures will give councils the powers they need to tackle poor-quality rental homes in their area. By driving out rogue landlords that flout the rules of business, we are raising standards and giving tenants the protection they need.
Here’s a horrific London bedsit a landlord tried to rent out on Rightmove for £737 a month:
Having been a tenant with five different landlords, there is a blatant lack of support for tenants.
When you think about it, the landlord is on their own side, the estate agent is acting on behalf of the landlord, but no one represents the tenants who are often unaware of their rights.