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Housing in multiple occupation - amenity standards

Not all of the standards mentioned are legal requirements, however the standards contained within this guide have been adopted by the majority of Local Authorities in the East Midlands. This includes Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

The standards are usually regarded as a minimum but are a guide only and do not apply to bedsits. 

It is recommended that landlords discuss their plans with both Planning and Building Control to understand their requirements. 

It is recognised that landlords can achieve the same standards by providing different amenities and / or facilities within bedrooms or larger living space, therefore other factors or compensatory features will be considered when inspecting a property, allowing for a degree of flexibility in certain circumstances. 

General

HMOs with 5 or more occupants require a licence, please contact the Licensing Unit.

Accommodation must have adequate means of space heating.

All areas should be fitted with appropriate fire detection and fire precaution equipment. Please contact your local Fire Officer to arrange an inspection.

HMOs with 6 or more occupants and those requiring any kind of building works may require building control approval.

HMOs of 7 or more occupants will require planning consent. Please contact your local Planning and Building Control Departments for more information.

Kitchens

  • All kitchens shall be of such a layout and size to adequately enable those sharing to safely store, prepare and cook food
  • Shared kitchens must be suitably located, normally not more than one floor away from any living accommodation except where dining room is provided next to kitchen
  • All equipment and facilities in kitchens shall be fit for purpose

Occupiers

Up to 4

5-6

7-10

11-15

Cooker

Oven, grill and 4 ring cooker

Oven, grill and 4 ring cooker plus additional microwave

2 ovens, 2 grills and 8 ring cooker.

3 ovens, 3 grills and 8 ring cooker.

Microwave

Optional – may allow extra sharing of cooking facilities at the council’s discretion

Kitchen Sink

Sink and drainer with hot and cold water

Sink and drainer with hot and cold water

2 sinks and drainers with hot and cold water or 1 set with a dishwasher

3 sinks and drainers with hot and cold water or 2 sets with a dishwasher

Worktop

Depth – minimum 500m, length 2 metres

Depth – minimum 500m, length 2 metres

Depth – minimum 500m, length 2 metres per 6 people plus 0.5m per person thereafter

Depth – minimum 500m, length 2 metres per 6 people plus 0.5m per person thereafter

Electrical Sockets over Worktop

4 sockets (excluding those in use for fridge, washing machine etc)

5 sockets (excluding those in use for fridge, washing machine etc)

6 sockets (excluding those in use for fridge, washing machine etc)

8 sockets (excluding those in use for fridge, washing machine etc)

Dry Food Storage

Single wall unit per occupant

Single wall unit per occupant

Single wall unit per occupant

Single wall unit per occupant

Fridge (with freezer compartment or separate freezer)

Suitably sized fridge(s) so each occupant has one shelf and a separate freezer compartment

Suitably sized fridge(s) so each occupant has one shelf and a separate freezer compartment

Suitably sized fridge(s) so each occupant has one shelf and a separate freezer compartment

Suitably sized fridge(s) so each occupant has one shelf and a separate freezer compartment

Refuse Disposal

Please follow your Local Authorities waste disposal scheme

Ventilation

A mechanical extraction fan in accordance with Building Regulation requirements

Bathrooms

  • Any person with access to an ensuite facility shall be excluded from the calculations
  • Bathrooms and WCs must be of an adequate size and layout and be adequately heated and ventilated and should include humidistat-controlled extraction
  • All rooms in which a WC is located shall have a wash hand basin in the same room
  • All baths, showers and wash hand basins shall be fit for purpose and have taps supplying an adequate supply of hot and cold water
  • Bathrooms and WCs must be suitably located, not more than one floor away from any living accommodation

Occupiers

Up to 4

5-6

7-10

11-15

Shared WC with wash hand basin with splashback

1

2

2

3

Shared Bath or Shower

1

1

2

3

WC

 

1 x WC must be in separate room

1 x WC must be in separate room

2 x WC must be in a separate room

Bedrooms

Room Capacity

1 Person Room

2 Person Room

3 Person Room

4 Person Room

Bedroom with lounge or dining space elsewhere and cooking facilities not provided in bedroom

6.51 square metres

10.22 square metres

15 square metres

20 square metres

Bedroom with no adequate lounge or dining space and cooking facilities not provided in bedroom

8 square metres*

12 square metres*

17 square metres

22 square metres

Bedrooms (bedsits) with lounge and cooking facilities provided in the room

12 square metres

16 square metres

21 square metres

26 square metres

* The minimum legal requirement for a 1-person room is 6.51sqm and 10.22sqm for 2 persons. This measurement does not include en-suites or built in cupboards in the floor size

Living Space

Kitchens

7sqm if used by 1-5 persons

For over 5 persons an additional 3sqm per person sharing the kitchen

Dining Areas

2sqm per person (for those sharing the space)

Any dining space (shared or for exclusive use) shall be suitable, and conveniently located (normally not more than one floor from the living unit)

Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the council changes.

Last updated 01 October 2021