Overcrowding in London households by tenure

Proportion of households in London that are overcrowded by tenure (2007/08 - 2018/19)

The extent to which housing in London meets households’ needs can be measured in a range of ways. One of those is to look at overcrowding. Here this is defined using the “bedroom standard”. For example, a home is considered overcrowded if two or more people of a different sex (who are not a couple) over the age of 10 need to sleep in the same room.

On this measure, 8.3% of households in London are overcrowded.

Within this, social rented housing has the highest proportion of households in overcrowded conditions, with 14.6% overcrowded. This contrasts with just 2.7% of owner-occupied households. Additionally, 12.6% of private rented households are overcrowded.

Despite the variation by tenure type, overcrowding has overall remained at broadly consistent levels in London across time, with 8.3% of households overcrowded in 2018/19 compared to 6.8% in 2007/08.