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Amenity Standards for Privately Rented dwellings

Kitchen Facilities for Exclusive Use of Individual Letting or Bedsit

Where individual bedsit rooms are large enough to accommodate a kitchenette or multi-room bedsits where one of the rooms is of adequate size to accommodate a separate kitchen for the exclusive use of the occupant(s) of that bedsit.

  • Sinks

    • Minimum Standard - defined as a fixed impervious sink with a drainer. It should be provided with an adequate and wholesome supply cold water and an adequate supply of constant hot water
      • one per each unit
  • Cookers

    • Minimum Standard - a cooker with at least two rings with an oven and grill
      • one per each unit
  • Electrical sockets Points

    • Minimum Standard - should be set at a convenient height and safe position
      • 4 sockets (2 doubles) and additional dedicated sockets are required for a cooker and refrigerator
  • A work top for the preparation of food

    • Minimum Standard - the worktop should be secure, fixed and of impervious material
      • minimum size 600mm x 1000mm
  • A cupboard for the storage of kitchen utensils and crockery

    • Minimum Standard - floor or wall mounted - the space below the sink is not acceptable to comply with this standard
      • a floor-based storage cupboard of 500mm wide and standard depth and height or a wall mounted food storage cupboard of 1000mm wide and standard depth and height
  • A refrigerator

    • Minimum Standard - a standard refrigerator
      • a refrigerator with minimum capacity of 0.15m³

All kitchenettes should be provided with a fire blanket and a 2kg CO2 or Dry Powder fire extinguisher.

See the Borough Council's publication Fire Precautions in Residential Dwellings for guidance on fire safety requirements in HMOs.

Last modified on 04 January 2024

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