The standards described in the 1985 Housing Act determines overcrowding. The Housiong Act standard has changed very little since the 1957 Housing Act.
Many people who feel they are living in overcrowded conditions find they are not legally overcrowded even if they are living in very cramped conditions.
Rooms used in calculating the standard
The standard as explained below is used to measure overcrowding. This includes all habitable rooms such as:
It does not include non-habitable rooms such as:
The amount of space in each room
You need to calculate the square footage or meterage of your rooms to determine whether you have enough sleeping space for each person.
The following applyto calculations:
Generally, the following number of people can sleep in a room:
The floor area also determines how many people can sleep in it:
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) gives more help to local authorities to assess whether a property is overcrowded or not. This act was introduced in April 2006.
What to do next
If, after reading this information, you feel you are overcrowded in your present home and want to move because of this, please contact the HomeLink team who will explain what to do next.