If you’re tired of forking out hundreds of pounds for a room you can’t swing a cat in there’s some good news on the horizon.
Landlords are to be banned from renting tiny rooms under tough new rules announced by the Government.
Anything less than 6.52 square metres will be off limits in shared homes under the plans which are out to consultation.
Changes could also see the ‘fit and proper person’ test for landlords tightened up.
Unveiling the plans, which will apply to England, 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 rogue landlords that flout the rules out of business, we are raising standards and giving tenants the protection they need.’
A consultation on the proposals also sets out plans to ensure mandatory licensing rules apply to all shared homes with five or more people from two or more households.
They will also include flats above and below shops and other business premises – currently licensing only kicks in for homes with three or more floors, and excludes properties attached to businesses, unless they are in a three-storey building.
Landlords will also be required to provide decent storage and disposal of rubbish.
Ministers are also considering whether the current licensing rules for purpose-built student accommodation are appropriate.