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Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Room size requirements in student (HMO) accommodation

When looking for an investment property, keep in mind that not every house may be suitable to use as a student HMO property unless you may wish to undertake structural work. 

Below are guidelines to help you determine whether a potential investment property is suitable for student lettings.

 

Minimum room sizes for accommodation

a) where all or some of the facilities are shared

 

Number of persons

 

 

Where the room is for the sole use of occupier(s)

1

2 (cohabiting)

 

 

 

Bedroom

6.5m2

9.5m2

 

 

 

Kitchen

4m2

5m2

Combined kitchen and living room

11m2

15m2

Combined bedroom and kitchen

11m2

15m2

Combined bedroom and living room

10m2

14m2

Combined bedroom, living room & kitchen

13m2

20.5m2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of persons

Minimum sizes of other shared rooms

2-3

4

5

6-10

11-15

16+

 

Kitchen

5m2

6m2

7m2

10m2

13.5m2

16.5m2

Living rooms or dining rooms which are additional to kitchen area

8.5m2

11m2

11m2

 

16.5m2

 

21m2

 

24m2

Combined kitchen and dining area

10m2

11.5m2

11.5m2

19.5m2

24m2

29m2

 

b) Measurement of the area of the room

 

To ensure the floor area of a room is of an adequate size it must be measured in the following manner:

 

  • Where a room has a sloping roof or ceiling, and this reduces the height of the room to less than 1.525m (5 feet) this area should not be included when calculating the floor space

 

  • Subject to any exclusion under (i) measurement of the floor area should include any floor space formed by a bay window extension, or any area at floor level, which is occupied by fixed cupboards

 

  • Subject to any exclusion under (i) measurement of the floor area should exclude any floor space formed by a projecting chimney breast

 

  • All measurements of the floor area should be made at floor level, and subject to (i) and (ii), shall extend to the back of all projected skirting

 

  • Subject to any exclusion under (i) where the space immediately behind the door is no wider than the door itself, this will be considered an unusable space, and will be excluded from the measurement of the floor area of the room. If this space is considerably wider than the door itself, e.g. wide enough to place a wardrobe without a reduction of the circulation space, this space can be included

 

Disclaimer: Please note these are guidelines only and you may wish to check with your local Council. 

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