What are the rules on overcrowding for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?
As a landlord, you should always be sure that facilities are suitable for the number of people living at your property.
The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 enforces these very specific requirements which came into effect 1st October 2018:
- Rooms that are used as sleeping accommodation for someone over the age of 10 must have a floor area of 6.51 square metres.
- Rooms that are used as sleeping accommodation for a child under the age of 10 must have a floor area of at least 4.64 square metres.
- You must form your local authority if your HMO possesses any rooms with a floor area of less than 4.64 square metres. These rooms cannot be legally used as bedrooms.
- A room that is used as a bedroom for 2 people over the age of 10 must have a floor area of at least 10.22 metres.
- When calculating this floor space, an area where the ceiling is less than 1.5 metres from the floor cannot be counted in the final measurement.
- Rooms that are used for sleeping cannot be used for other purposes.
- Tenants must not exceed the maximum number of people permitted to use a single room for the purpose of sleeping accommodation.
- Tenants must have suitable space to put rubbish outside of their rented home, as well as suitable washing and cooking facilities for the number of tenants.