The Government has released a consultation about extending mandatory licensing. The consultation can been seen here.
It is recommending:-
1) extending mandatory licensing to
a) all properties having 5 (or more) occupants not related; sharing vital facilties;
b) all flats, if the flat is:-
i) in a converted building;
ii) has commercial units above or below the flat.
2) a mandatory condition is added to any licensed property precribing minimum room sizes:-
a) 6.52 sq metres for one person;
b) 10.23 sq metres for two persons
The SLA will be making representation about this; but it is strongly recommended all landlords partake individually as the Government will respond to private landlords.
The deadline is December 13th, so there is very little time.