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					                London Borough of Ealing
        Standards For Houses In Multiple Occupation
Heating

Each unit of living accommodation must be equipped with adequate means of
space heating.

The space heating should be capable of maintaining an average minimum
temperature of 19°c throughout the entire house including the communal
areas, for example bathroom, hallway etc. Ideally, a minimum temperature of
21°c should be achievable.

The occupier of each unit of accommodation must be able to control the
temperature within their dwelling, for example via thermostatic temperature
valves where central heating is provided, or individual wall mounted electric
heaters.

Where possible, structural thermal insulation should be provided to minimise
heat loss.

Washing Facilities

Baths/showers, toilets and wash hand basins

Where all or some of the units of living accommodation do not contain bathing
and toilet facilities for the exclusive use of each individual household the
following shared facilities must be provided.

Where there are four or fewer occupiers

There must be at least one bathroom with a fixed bath or shower.

There must be at least one toilet with a wash hand basin.

The toilet and wash hand basin may be situated in the bathroom. There is no
requirement for wash hand basins within every unit of living accommodation.

Where there are five or more occupiers
There must be at least one bathroom (which may contain a toilet) with a fixed
bath or shower for every 5 sharing occupiers. (Ratio of 1: 5)



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There must be at least one separate toilet with wash hand basin with
appropriate splash back for every 5 sharing occupiers. (Ratio of 1: 5)

Where more than one shared WC is provided 50% of the WCs should be
situated in separate compartments.

Every unit of living accommodation must contain a wash hand basin with a
splash back. (Except if the accommodation is provided with its own kitchen
facilities, which include a sink.)

All baths, showers and wash hand basins must be equipped with taps and
provide an adequate supply of cold and constant hot water. The amenity
should be connected through a suitable trap to an effective drainage system.

The toilet must have a flushing apparatus and be connected through a
suitable trap to an effective drainage system.

All bathrooms and toilets must be suitably located in relation to the living
accommodation. In general they should not be more than one floor distant
from any user.

Baths and showers must not be provided in the kitchen. Toilets should be
Separated from areas used for the preparation of food.

All bathrooms and toilets must have at least adequate artificial lighting and an
area of obscure glazing equivalent in total area to at least 1/10th of the floor
area of the room where practicable.

All bathroom and toilets must be ventilated directly to the outside air by a
window, the openable area of which shall be equivalent to at least 1/20th of
the floor area of the room. (For toilets part of the opening must be 1.75m
above floor level. Where this is not practicable mechanical ventilation must
provide a minimum of 3 air changes/hour and be connected to the lighting
circuit with a 15 minute overrun device. A permanent means of ventilation
shall be provided.

All bathrooms and toilets must have surfaces, which are designed to be
reasonably smooth and non-absorbent and capable of being readily, and
easily cleansed. Floors should be slip resistant.

A suitable splash back shall be provided to all baths and wash hand basins.
Shower cubicles shall have fully tiled walls or other impervious surfaces, and
be provided with a suitable shower curtain or door to the cubicle.

Bath/shower rooms should be of an adequate size to allow for changing and
drying.

All new bathrooms and toilets must satisfy the Building Regulations 1990 Part
F1 in relation to ventilation.


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Requirements for additional ventilation in existing bathrooms and toilets must
be in accordance with the Building Regulations 1990 Part F1

New bath/shower rooms shall satisfy the Building Regulations 1990 Part G,
Bathrooms, Hot Water Storage and Sanitary and Washing Accommodation

Kitchens

Shared kitchens

Where all or some of the units of accommodation share kitchen facilities, the
following shall be provided as a minimum for every 5 people sharing one set
of facilities:

      A sink (minimum size 560mm x430mm) with drainer made of
       smooth and impervious material with an adequate and
       wholesome supply of cold drinking water directly off the rising
       main and a constantly available supply of hot water.

       The sink should be properly connected to pipes, which safely carry
       away wastewater through an adequate sized trap to discharge into the
       drainage system.

      An oven and grill with a 4 ring hob

      Two 13 amp electric power points in addition to any provided for the
       oven, and washing machine/dishwasher and fridge-freezer. At least
       one of these power points should be at work top level.

      A worktop made of a smooth and impervious material, measuring at
       least 1000 x 600 mm, and securely fixed in place.

      A fridge freezer with a gross capacity of at least 10.6 cubic feet / 300
       litres.

      A lockable food storage cupboard of at least 0.3m³ per unit of
       accommodation.

      A suitable refuse container with a close-fitting lid constructed of a durable
       material, which makes it easy to clean and disinfect, and to protect against
       access by pests.


In all shared kitchens we recommend that in addition to the above, one
microwave is provided for every five people.




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We also recommend that wherever possible, each unit of accommodation is
provided with a fridge with a gross capacity of at least 4.6 cubic feet/130 litres,
with a frozen food compartment.

Kitchens for exclusive use

Where kitchen facilities have been provided for the exclusive use of the
occupiers of any unit of accommodation, the following shall be provided as a
minimum:

Single person unit of accommodation:

      A sink (minimum size 560mm x430mm) with drainer made of
       smooth and impervious material with an adequate and
       wholesome supply of cold drinking water directly off the rising
       main and a constantly available supply of hot water.

       The sink should be properly connected to pipes, which safely carry
       away wastewater through an adequate sized trap to discharge into the
       drainage system.

      An oven with grill facility and at least two cooking rings.

      Two 13 amp electric power points in addition to any provided for the
       oven, and washing machine/dishwasher and fridge-freezer. At least
       one of these power points should be at work top level.

      A worktop made of a smooth and impervious material, measuring at
       least 1000 x 600 mm, and securely fixed in place.

      A fridge with a gross capacity of at least 4.6 cubic feet/130 litres, with a
       frozen food compartment.

      A lockable food storage cupboard of at least 0.3m³ per unit of
       accommodation.

      A suitable refuse container with a close-fitting lid constructed of a durable
       material, which makes it easy to clean and disinfect, and to protect against
       access by pests.



‘Space saver’ kitchens are acceptable in single person units of
accommodation only.

Unit of accommodation shared by two people:

As for single person accommodation above, however, a four-ring hob must be
provided, and space saver kitchens are not acceptable.



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