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hello we have 7 people living in a house a 3 bed house is this breaking any laws as the landlord seems to be renting out a ultilty room and living room converted as we have only 1 toilet 1 bathroom which luckily are seperate we find that 7 is to many as 5 would be more appropiate we have spoke to landlord nicely but all he seems interested is in money

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Hi thanks for contacting us in our forum.

Overcrowding is not the same as having living conditions that are very cramped. Whether or not you are overcrowded is based on legal guidelines on room standards and space standards.

Overcrowding is defined by the number of people who stay in a room and the amount of space they have there. The law on overcrowding doesn’t take into account the amount of furniture and possessions you have in your home.

The Shelter website has an easy guide on ascertaining whether your accommodation is overcrowded and what you can do:

http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/repairs_and_bad_conditions/common_problems/overcrowding

All the best.

Disclaimer: This information is derived from personal experience and should not be relied upon as a definitive or accurate interpretation of the law.

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