Overcrowding in London households by tenure

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Proportion of households in London that are overcrowded by tenure (2007/08 - 2017/18)

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% of households in London are overcrowded.

Within this, social rented housing has the highest proportion of households in overcrowded conditions, with 14.7% overcrowded. This contrasts with just 2.6% of owner-occupied households. 

Overall, overcrowding has remained at broadly consistent levels in London across time, with 8% of households overcrowded in 2017/18 compared to 6.8% in 2007/08.