Requirements to call room a Bedroom? Is Window compulsory?

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  • Requirements to call room a Bedroom? Is Window compulsory?

    I wish to confirm the requirements for a Bedroom when renting out my flat. As the small box room does not have any external windows, and I am not sure if this can legally be called a bedroom when renting the flat.

    The room has a small vent in the corner of the wall that goes through to the next room with a grill, but not sure if this is adequate ventilation to call the room a bedroom (habitable room).

    Does anyone know the exact requirements for renting and calling this a bedroom rather than just an extra box room or study. And if it does not meet the correct standard can this cause problems with the environmental health department if the tenant complains?

  • #2
    I would not advertise it as a bedroom personally.

    Some guidance:

    Means of escape requirements from a dwelling.
    All habitable rooms to dwellings and extensions shall have first floor windows suitable for means of escape. This also applies to all ground storey habitable rooms, which do not connect to a hallway leading directly to an outside door."

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    • #3
      Thankyou for the reply, but I think on this point the room is OK, as the room connects directly to the hallway where the front door is. Although it is in a block of flats, so not sure if the front door of the flat would be considered an outside door. As it goes into the main block hallway.

      Originally posted by Poppy35 View Post
      This also applies to all ground storey habitable rooms, which do not connect to a hallway leading directly to an outside door."

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      • #4
        You're not called Vernon Dursley, by any chance are you?!

        No, without an outside window/light a room cannot be classed as an habitable room, for which the window area has to be at least 5% of the floor area, I believe. (See definition below). Who on earth would want to sleep in a windowless cell like that anyway?

        Advertise it as a store-room/walk in cupboard, or remove the stud partition (assuming it is a stud partition and not a supporting wall!) to make the bedroom next to it bigger?

        HABITABLE ROOM : A habitable room is a room which has a minimum
        width of 1.13 metres (7 ft), used mainly as a living
        room, dining room or bedroom and as a kitchen
        when it is big enough to be considered a
        dining/kitchen. A dining space which is separated
        from the kitchen or living area by a movable
        partition would also be considered as a habitable
        room. However, it excludes rooms which cannot
        function for the purposes for which they are
        intended by reason of an inadequate size, height
        shape or daylight
        . For the purposes of the
        calculation of density a dining/kitchen is not
        regarded as a habitable room if it measures less
        than 13 square metres.
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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