Are there any laws in England which dictate the minimum size a hotel room has to be so it can be rented out?

I can only find information on renting of homes etc.

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    I'm curious if there is a minimum size - I've spent about four years during the past ten years 'living' in hotels in UK and across Europe. My understanding is windows/exit and distance to fire exit and smoke detectors in rooms are defined in law, but the physical size of the room is not.
    – fiprojects
    Apr 11, 2016 at 12:28
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    Usually, the limitation would arise via the "back door" of building code requirements. I don't have access to any U.K. building codes, however.
    – ohwilleke
    Jul 11, 2022 at 17:22

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NO: but it's extremely difficulty to prove a negative, however according to Which?1:

What does the law say?

There's no minimum size requirement for a hotel room in the UK, aside from in Northern Ireland where double rooms must be at least 13sq metres.

Note that the reference to is incomplete. Schedule 1, paragraph 8(d) of the Categories of Tourist Establishment (Statutory Criteria) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992 (as amended) state that bedrooms shall have:

A floor area (excluding and ensuite bathroom) of -

(i) in the case of a single room not less than 7.50 square metres; or

(ii) in the case of a double bedroom not less than 13.00 square metres...

1Which? is the brand name of the Consumers' Association - a "watchdog" that promotes informed consumer choice, product safety etc

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