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In order to establish whether your accommodation is statutorily overcrowded Brentwood Borough Council applies the room standards and space standards as defined under Part 10 of the Housing Act 1985.

This is a government standard which is used by all local authorities throughout England.

These standards assume that:

  • a dining room, lounge and kitchen/diners can be used for sleeping
  • adults of the same sex can share a room
  • a room of 110 sq ft/10.2 sq m can be shared by two people
  • a child under the age of one is not counted
  • children between the ages of 1-10 are treated as 0.5 people

To calculate whether your accommodation is sufficient for your needs Brentwood Borough Council will take the following into consideration:

  • The ages of the occupants
  • The gender of the occupants
  • The size of the habitable rooms

This information will then determine how many people can share sleeping accommodation (the permitted number). The permitted number is calculated in units from 0 to 1 as follows:

  • Children under 1 - 0 Units
  • Children under 10 - 0.5 Units
  • People over 10 - 1 Unit

People over the age of 10 of the opposite sex should not share a room unless they are co-habiting or married.

Bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and kitchen/diners are classified as habitable rooms for the purpose of the standard.

The permitted number of people able to sleep in a room is as follows:

  • 1 Room - 2 people
  • 2 Rooms - 3 people
  • 3 Rooms - 5 people
  • 4 Rooms - 7.5 people
  • 5 Rooms - 2 people per room

or by room size

  • 50-70 sq ft/4.6 – 6.5 sq m - 0.5 people
  • 70 – 89 sq ft/6.5 – 8.4 sq m - 1 person
  • 90 - 100 sq ft/8.4-10.2 sq m - 1.5 people
  • 110 sq ft/10.2 sq m or more - 2 people

Rooms under 50 sq ft/4.sq m are not counted.

Apply for an assessment

If after reading the above standards you think that your home is overcrowded please complete the online form below. An officer will then contact you within 10 days to arrange for your assessment to be carried out.