An indication of occupation density: a standard number of bedrooms are allocated to each household according to its composition with respect to age, sex and marital status.
This clause substitutes a new section 325 in the 1985 Act and replaces the room standard with the bedroom standard. A dwelling will be overcrowded where the number of bedrooms available to the occupiers is less than the number of bedrooms allocated to them in accordance with a simple formula. Very small rooms (less than 50 square feet in floor area) do not count at all. Rooms available as living rooms or kitchens do not count either. Under the current scheme they do.
For the purposes of the bedroom standard a bedroom is allocated to persons in accordance with a formula. A person living with another as husband and wife (including same-sex couples) is allocated a bedroom, as is a person aged 21 years or more. For younger persons the formula recognises that sharing may be required. However, the sex of the person will be relevant in determining whether a bedroom is allocated to him or her, together with another person. For example, two young people aged between 10 years and 20 years are allocated a bedroom together, but only if they are of the same sex. A similar allocation is made where one person is aged between 10 years and 20 years and the other is aged less than 10 years, again only where they are of the same sex. Where two young persons are of different sexes they may be paired with another (of the same sex) but if no other person is available for this purpose amongst the occupiers, each is allocated their own bedroom.