Remember when someone was renting out a bed in a cupboard for £500pcm? Yes, that really happened. But those (literally) dark days might soon be over, as the government is finally trying to crack down on rogue landlords who think it's okay to stick a mattress in a cupboard and call it a bedroom.
The government has come up with a proposal that would enforce a minimum bedroom size of 6.52 square metres (70 sq ft) in shared houses that are classed as houses of multiple occupation. The regulations would be applied for each person or couple living in the property. At the moment, the Housing Act of 1985 specifies a minimum space, but it's basically just a guidance, making it pretty much utterly pointless.
On the downside, the new rules would only apply to shared homes with five or more people, so if you were hoping to find a two-bed flat that isn't described as 'cosy', then you might be waiting a while.
Sorry to make you feel worse about your crap flat, but Justin Bieber has rented a 15-bedroom party pad in north London
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