New proposal from Westminster to raise the minimum bedroom size to 6.5 sq m (70 sq ft)
Landlords lettings rooms smaller than proposed size could face criminal chargers.
Under the current 1985 Housing Act the minimum size for a bedroom is 5.8 sq m. Manchester council recently took a landlord to court for renting out a deck above a box room measuring 5.8 sq m and the court ruled in favor of the landlord.
Brandon Lewis the housing minister is keen not to repeat Manchester and is proposing to raise the minimum bedroom requirement to 6.5 sq m. He stated “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.”