What is severe overcrowding?
There are 2 ways to calculate if you are overcrowded under housing law. One is by the number of rooms for people to sleep in. This is called the room standard. The other is by the amount of space in the home and the number of people living in it. This is called the space standard.
Statutory overcrowding is when there are too many people living in your home using either of the calculations.
To calculate statutory overcrowding by the amount of rooms and space you have, visit Shelter’s overcrowding page (link opens in new window).