Last edited 01 Oct 2018

Overcrowding

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[edit] Introduction

According to the Housing Act 1985, a dwelling is overcrowded when the number of persons sleeping in it contravenes the room standard or the space standard.

[edit] Room standard

The room standard is contravened when the number of persons sleeping in a dwelling and the number of rooms available as sleeping accommodation is such that two persons of opposite sexes who are not living together as husband and wife must sleep in the same room. Children under the age of ten shall be left out of account, and a room is available as sleeping accommodation if it is of a type normally used in the locality either as a bedroom or as a living room.

[edit] Space standard

The space standard is contravened when the number of persons sleeping in a dwelling is in excess of the permitted number, having regard to the number and floor area of the rooms of the dwelling available as sleeping accommodation.

The permitted number of persons in relation to a dwelling is whichever is the less of:

Table I

NUMBER OF ROOMS NUMBER OF PERSONS
1 2
2 3
3 5
4
5 or more 2 for each room

Table II

FLOOR AREA OF ROOM UMBER OF PERSONS
110 sq. ft. or more 2
90 sq. ft. or more but less than 110 sq.ft.
70 sq. ft. or more but less than 90 sq. ft. 1
50 sq. ft. or more but less than 70 sq. ft. ½

No account shall be taken for the purposes of either Table of a room having a floor area of less than 50 sq. ft.

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