An HMO landlord’s attempt to rent out bedrooms smaller than the national minimum size has been thwarted after his legal case was dismissed.
Since October last year, regulations have been in place bringing mandatory licensing to all HMOs in order to better protect tenants from poor living conditions.
Under the rules, rooms used for sleeping by one person over 10-years-old have had to be at least 6.51sqm, and those slept in by two people over 10-years-old will have had to at least 10.22sqm. Rooms slept in by children of 10 years and younger have had to be at least 4.64sqm.
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But the owner of a HMO property in Brighton property appealed to the courts when the council told the landlord their rooms fell below the bedroom size of 6.51sqm for one person.
The landlord attempted to overturn the ruling legally, but the judge has dismissed the appeal, finding in the council’s favour.
Cllr John Allcock, chairman of the city council’s housing committee, commented: “I’m really pleased that the tribunal has upheld the conditions.
"Everyone has the right to a decent standard of housing and this decision confirms that the minimum room size really is the minimum people should be living in.”
The rooms in the Brighton property will now need to be enlarged or re-arranged.
Cllr Allcock added: “We are committed to working alongside our Green Party colleagues on a range of measures to further drive up conditions and standards in private rented accommodation for residents in our city.”