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Offences relating to overcrowding

This content applies to England & Wales

Overcrowding can be a criminal offence in certain circumstances.

Offences related to overcrowding can be committed by the landlord or the occupier. The landlord will commit an offence if s/he causes or permits the premises to be overcrowded or fails to include details of the overcrowding provisions on any rent book (if applicable). An occupier will commit an offence if s/he causes or allows accommodation to become overcrowded.

Local authorities are under a general duty to enforce the provisions, but if the authority itself is committing an offence, it is possible for a private individual to take action.

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