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Minimum Space Standards Could Worsen Housing Supply

A new minimum bedroom size and the extension of licensing to thousands more properties are to form part of a Government crackdown on rogue landlords who cram tenants into overcrowded homes.

Landlords will be banned from renting tiny bedrooms and licensing rules will be extended to cover flats above shops under Government plansThe 'fit and proper person' test for landlords could also be tightened up, with more stringent criminal record checks as part of a package of measures announced by Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell.

Under the plans, which will apply in England, the minimum room size in shared homes will be 6.52sqm (70 sq ft). 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."

The measures build on plans set out in a discussion paper in November 2015. 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.

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