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The definition of statutory overcrowding, including the space standard and the room standard. Situations where overcrowding is permissible, and the offences relating to overcrowding. Action that can be taken by an occupier, a landlord or a local authority when premises are overcrowded.

For specific information on overcrowding in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), see the page on Overcrowding in the section on houses in multiple occupation.

What is overcrowding?

The space standard and the room standard in relation to overcrowding. 

Permissible overcrowding

The three situations where overcrowding will be allowed. 

Offences relating to overcrowding

Overcrowding as a criminal offence. 

Action that can be taken

Action that can be taken on overcrowding by the landlord, an occupier and the local authority. 

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