Washbasin requirements for HMOs are ridiculous

Reg 8 Sched 3, SI2006, 373

Exempt "socially interactive groups" from requirement for washbasins in each bedroom of HMOs.  The ridiculous situation now is that a 4 bedroom house requires only 1 washbasin in the whole house.  A 6 bedroom house requires 8, including 1 in each bedroom.  How can that be justified?

Although the government has now watered that down to "if practicable" that leaves us at the mercy of local authority personnel, who are not always the most practical  or experienced of people.  Fortunately, Bristol City Council is not at present pursuing us for this but other landlords may not be so lucky.

It is not up to government to decide on the level of amenity provided except perhaps for truly vulnerable people.  This should be left to market forces. 

 

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Reg 8 Sched 3, SI2006, 373

Exempt "socially interactive groups" from requirement for washbasins in each bedroom of HMOs.  The ridiculous situation now is that a 4 bedroom house requires only 1 washbasin in the whole house.  A 6 bedroom house requires 8, including 1 in each bedroom.  How can that be justified?

Although the government has now watered that down to "if practicable" that leaves us at the mercy of local authority personnel, who are not always the most practical  or experienced of people.  Fortunately, Bristol City Council is not at present pursuing us for this but other landlords may not be so lucky.

It is not up to government to decide on the level of amenity provided except perhaps for truly vulnerable people.  This should be left to market forces.