What counts as a self-contained unit?

To be self-contained a premises must contain the facilities necessary for day-to-day living on an indefinite basis. There must be somewhere:

• to cook;
• to sleep;
• to live;
• to wash; and
• to carry out ablutions.

The facilities needed to live in a self-contained manner do not have to be in one building, but must be for the exclusive use of the dwelling.

For example, a property may have an external ablutions building in the grounds. As the whole property has the facilities to enable the people using the house to live in a self-contained manner, and the facilities are not shared with other homes, this property will be self-contained for EQC cover purposes.