Rogue landlords to be banned from renting tiny bedrooms

Rogue landlords will be banned from renting tiny bedrooms and licensing rules will be extended to cover flats above shops under Government plans

The "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 6.52 square metres.

Mr 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.

They will also include flats above and below shops and other business premises - currently licensing only kicks in for homes with three or more floors, and excludes properties attached to businesses, unless they are in a three-storey building.

Landlords will also be required to provide decent storage and disposal of rubbish.

Ministers are also considering whether the current licensing rules for purpose-built student accommodation are appropriate.

The most expensive rental property in the UK
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The most expensive rental property in the UK

Audley House, a Grade II Listed Georgian property, is on the rental market for an astonishing £780,000 a year - or £15,000 a week, making one of the UK's most expensive rental properties.

It is estimated the bills will come to a whopping £125,000 a year, on top of the rent.

The six-storey mansion is spread out over 8,346 sq/ft and is worth approximately £35million. 

However, you need not worry about walking up all those flights of stairs as there is a private passenger lift with access to all floors.

The luxurious property is set in the heart of Mayfair.

Comfort cooling, state-of-the-art security and audio-entertainment technology are incorporated throughout the Mayfair mansion. 

The property features five VIP bedrooms suites.

Each of the luxurious bedrooms are decorated in different coloured decor.

At 1,500 sq ft the master bedroom is bigger than the average British home.

The mansion also features four reception rooms,a family kitchen, a gym and private walled gardens.  

The stunning six-storey property comes fully furnished with luxurious furniture, fixtures and fittings and is ready for tenants to move in.

Like all rental properties, interested tenants will be asked to hand over a six week deposit and the first month's rent before they move in. 

The property comes with a five year contract meaning tenants will end up handing over £3.9million to the landlord.


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