Can a box room be classed as a bedroom?
One – but only one – of the challenges to the bedroom tax is the minimum size of your smallest bedroom. Many of the smallest rooms in social housing are less than 70 sq/ft and thus a boxroom rather than a bedroom. A single bedroom has to be 70 sq/ft or 6.5 sq/m to be classed as a full (1.0) bedroom.
Is it illegal to have a small bedroom?
The minimum for a single bedroom would be 7 sq metres; for a double it would be 11 sq metres. The current GLA London Housing Design Guide standard, in comparison, is 8 sq metres for singles and 12 sq metres for doubles.
What is Section 156 of the Housing Act 1985?
1.0 Under Section 156 A of the Housing Act 1985 there is the provision for the Right of First refusal to the Council when a property is sold through Right to Buy. This provision takes effect from the date of the original sale for a period of ten years.
What is classed as overcrowded?
What is overcrowding? If your accommodation is much too small for your household you may be considered to be living in overcrowded conditions under the law. There are two ways to calculate if you are legally overcrowded : The ‘room standard’ : look at the number and sex of people who have to sleep in the same room.
What was the minimum size for a bedroom in 1985?
The 1985 Housing Act specifies minimum space standards but a tribunal case in April this year threw local authorities into confusion. A Manchester landlord, who had already converted the cellar of a Victorian terrace into a bedroom, brought a tribunal case regarding a licence amendment for a 5.8 sq m box room to which a bed deck had been added.
Where can I find more information on the Housing Act 1985?
Use the ‘more’ link to open the changes and effects relevant to the provision you are viewing. 326 The space standard.
How big does a room have to be for the bedroom tax?
The legislation which underpins the so-called “bedroom tax” says nothing about room size, so the tribunal judge reached for the 1987 Housing Act (it’s the 1985 Housing Act in England and Wales) which says an adult bedroom should be no smaller than 70 square feet.
What are the exceptions to the Housing Act 1985?
328 Exception:children attaining age of 1 or 10. (1) Where a dwelling which would not otherwise be overcrowded becomes overcrowded by reason of a child attaining the age of one or ten, then if the occupier— (a) applies to the local housing authority for suitable alternative accommodation, or