11:59 AM, 20th April 2013, About 11 years ago 18
After having read a lot of articles that Mark has posted, some of which are very informative, some of which make me laugh out loud and some of which make me cry (as I have been in similar situations) I find I have come across something that has stumped me completely and hope the Property118 community can help.
My local council (Ceredigion) have changed the minimun space standards for its licensable HMO/bedsits/flats.
Our council require have imposed additional licensing.
My question is to what document they refer to when they come up with the square footage requirements?
I can’t find anything in statue law, I have trawled the government website looking for any reference documents and failed.
My thought is that somewhere there must be some sort of national standard that some experts have produced, or do our local unelected housing inspectors just make it up as they go along?
As far as I can see each different council has a different square footage they require a lounge or kitchen to be but as they are all very similar so I have a feeling that there is some central document they all refer to so any ideas what that is called and where I get a copy?
I ask as I am currently at loggerheads with them over one of self-contained bedsit flats (one room for kitchen/bed/lounge with a shower cubical) it is now 0.28m2 too small (it did comply 2 years ago) and the HMO inspector wants me to knock the two flats into one at a huge cost before they will issue a licence.
Any ideas from the very knowable community?
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