Your Home and Overcrowding

Your Home and Overcrowding


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If you are looking for somewhere to live, find out how many people already live in the house. Do this before you move into your new home.

If you find that

  • You have to share a bedroom with someone who is not a member of your family.
  • You have to share a bedroom with a stranger of the opposite sex.
  • Your children have to share a bedroom even though they are ten years old or older.
  • More than 5 people share one bathroom and toilet and one kitchen.

Then the house is overcrowded (it has too many people). You have the right to refuse the accommodation.

The landlord must not allow too many people to live in the same house, even if all of the people are not going to be in the house at the same time.

If you are a tenant you must not allow more people to move in if it would make your home overcrowded. This includes friends and family.

The Council may be able to help you if you are living in a property with too many people.

For advice, contact the:

Private Sector Housing Team
Southbrook Rise
4-8 Millbrook Road East
Southampton
SO15 1YG

Telephone 023 8083 2606.

Your home and problems with noise

When you move into a new home, make sure you do not cause too much noise. Noise can upset your neighbours. Noise includes loud music or TV, banging noises or shouting. It can also include barking if you keep a dog. Noise can be very disturbing to neighbours at night.

If your neighbours complain to the Council about noise, the Council will send you a letter and ask you to stop. If you continue to make noise, the Council may send you another letter to warn you of legal action they can take against you.

If your neighbours make too much noise and you want to tell the council about this, contact:

Public Health Team
Southbrook Rise
4-8 Millbrook Road East
Southampton
SO15 1YG

Telephone 023 8083 4442.

For more information, or to make a complaint click this link

www.southampton.gov.uk/s-environment/nuisance/noise.aspx