There’s no getting around it – some rooms are just very small. But if you’re a landlord letting out a property with a box room, how should you go about it? After all, you don’t want a tiny room to put off potential tenants. Here are some tips for dealing with a box room in your rental property, so it doesn’t have to be a hindrance.
Know the law
The first thing you should know is that there are restrictions on the size of room you can let out if your property is going to be an HMO (house in multiple occupation). Any room that will be used to sleep one person must have a floor area of 6.51 square metres or more; this goes up to 10.22 square metres if two people will be sharing.
These restrictions are in place to make sure landlords don’t squeeze too many tenants into a property in a way that could be unhealthy or dangerous, so it’s important that you know the rules and stick to them. If your box bedroom is smaller than these sizes, you shouldn’t let it as an individual room.
Be upfront about it
It can be tempting to try to hide a box room when you’re advertising your property, but you might find that doing this puts tenants off. It’s better to be upfront about a box room so that they have all the information and can make an informed decision – so include pictures in your advert and mention it in the property description. If you’re letting your property on a room-by-room basis, you could charge less for a box room; this might appeal to tenants who want to spend less.
Make the room feel bigger
There are lots of ways you can make a small room feel bigger and therefore more appealing. First, make sure that it is painted a pale colour and let in as much light as you can – if there aren’t many windows in the room, add extra lighting to make the space feel brighter.
If you’re letting the property furnished, you can also get creative with the furniture, by adding built-in or under-bed storage so the tenant won’t feel surrounded by clutter. You could also consider putting a nicer bed in the room – you’d be amazed how a good bed can make a small room feel cosy rather than claustrophobic.
Spruce up the communal rooms
A box room will go down a lot better with potential tenants if the rest of the property is warm and welcoming, so if you’ve done all you can to the box room, turn your attention to the other rooms. Make sure the rest of the property is in a good state of repair, and pay particular attention to communal rooms such as the kitchen, dining room and living room. This is where the person renting the box room is likely to spend most of their time, so ensure these rooms are tidy and bright during your viewings. If you’re providing furniture, you could invest in good-quality chairs or sofas, so the person in the box room will always have a comfortable place to sit.
A box room doesn’t have to be a major stumbling block for a rental property – just give it a little TLC and you could find many tenants who are happy to live there.
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