The minimum room sizes for HMO properties with 5 or more sharing are:
- 6.51 m² for one person over 10 years of age.
- 10.22 m² for two persons over 10 years of age,
- 4.64 m² for one child under the age of 10 years.
It will be a mandatory condition that any room of less than 4.64 m² may not be used as sleeping accommodation.
These size conditions are the statutory minimum and local housing authorities will continue to have the discretion to set their own higher standards within the licence conditions. If your room does not meet these standards landlords can be provided up to 18 months to comply.
When it is stated that there must be a bathroom and separate toilet, if that separate toilet is contained in another bathroom this will be acceptable.
All licences issued after 1 October 2018 will include a condition requiring compliance with the council's storage and waste disposal scheme. The scheme for Portsmouth City Council is that rubbish and recycling bins/boxes/bags must be presented at the front boundary by 7.00am on the day of collection (and not before 7.00pm the day before) and bins/ boxes taken back inside the property boundary on the same day. If a licence holder does not comply with this scheme it will be a breach of the licence and is a criminal offence.
Landlords or managers should abide by certain standards applicable to HMOs. For example, a manager has a duty to ensure the property is maintained in a good condition, that the water, gas and electricity supplies are maintained, the common areas are kept clean and in good repair, the living accommodation is maintained and arrangements are made for the storage of refuse. Residents are also required not to hamper or frustrate the manager from carrying out these responsibilities.