When a bedroom just isn’t a bedroom

Are there any minimum requirements for bedrooms to be called a bedroom?

The Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 (the Regulations) prescribe minimum standards for a bedroom. Since licensees run the risk of breaching the Professional Conduct and Client Care Rules if they provide false or misleading information, licensees should check that rooms meet the benchmarks in the Regulations before marketing them as bedrooms.

There are some exceptions to the minimum standards in the Regulations (e.g. for bedrooms in modern residential apartments). Unless the exceptions apply, though, a bedroom must:

  • Have a minimum width of 1.8 metres
  • Have an area of not less than 6 square metres
  • Have a height from finished floor to finished ceiling of at least 2.1 metres in an existing house (as at 1975), or 2.4 metres in a new house
  • Have at least one window situated in an external wall to admit adequate light
  • The aggregate area of glass in the windows must not be less than one-tenth of the floor area of the room
  • Windows with an area of not less than one-twentieth of the floor area must be able to be opened to allow air circulation, or in accordance with local authority requirements.

In calculating the area of a bedroom, any part of the room with a finished floor to finished ceiling height of less than 1.5 metres must be excluded.

The above is intended for general information only and does not constitute legal advice and does not replace your agency’s internal policies and guidelines.  Always check your agency’s guidelines, policies and information first and seek legal advice if you have any queries.

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