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New minimum bedroom size could be introduced to crackdown on rogue landlords in Gedling borough


A new minimum bedroom size could soon be introduced to prevent rogue landlords cramming tenants into overcrowded homes in Gedling borough.

The proposals, which were announced announced today, could see a mandatory room size of 6.52 sq metres being introduced to stop the exploitation of tenants.

The measures, if approved, would help councils clamp down on rogue landlords who attempt to maximise profits by dividing former family homes into bedsits.

The minimum size would be enforced in shared houses which are classed as homes in multiple occupation (HMO) and would apply to each individual or couple living within the property.

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Other proposals announced in the consultation paper include: extending mandatory licensing rules for HMOs to flats above shops and other business premises; requiring landlords to provide decent storage and disposal of rubbish; and tightening up the “fit and proper person” test for landlords.

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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 out rogue landlords that flout the rules out of business, we are raising standards and giving tenants the protection they need.”

These measures will complement other government efforts to crack down on rogue landlords who cash in on renting out homes to vulnerable people.

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More than £5 million of targeted government funding to 48 councils has brought a big increase in the number of homes checked over 3 months. In early 2016, more than 33,000 homes were inspected and nearly 2,800 rogue landlords are now facing prosecution for providing substandard homes.

Since 2011 government has provided £12 million so local authorities can carry out more raids, issue more statutory notices and demolishing beds in sheds and other prohibited buildings.

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