Licensable HMOs (England)

Where an HMO requires a licence, there are minimum room sizes in England from 1 October 2018 that will apply:

  • floor area of any room in the HMO used as sleeping accommodation by one person aged over 10 years not to be less than 6.51 square metres;
  • floor area of any room in the HMO used as sleeping accommodation by two persons aged over 10 years is not to be less than 10.22 square metres;
  • floor area of any room in the HMO used as sleeping accommodation by one person aged under 10 years is not to be less than 4.64 square metres;
  • any room in the HMO with a floor area of less than 4.64 square metres is not used as sleeping accommodation.

For full details, please see this article.

Housing Act 1985 (England and Wales)

The legal standards covering overcrowding are contained in the Housing Act 1985 and cover all dwellings.

The occupancy level standards for dwellings are laid down in Part X of the 1985 Housing Act, which specifies maximum permitted occupancy levels in consideration of the total number of habitable rooms available and the number of persons liable to be occupying individual rooms for sleeping purposes.

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