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Stoke Newington 1935

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stoke Newington, The Metropolitan Borough]

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Survey of Overcrowding.
In accordance with Section 1 (1) of the Housing Act, 1935,
a Survey of certain areas of Stoke Newington was carried out to
ascertain the extent to which overcrowding exists within the
Standard Applied.
It is defined that overcrowding exists within a dwelling-house
when either:—
(a) Two persons being persons ten years old or more of
opposite sexes and not being persons living together as husband
and wife must sleep in the same room.
(b) The number of persons in the house exceeds the
"permitted number of persons" as defined in the first schedule
to the Act.
The "permitted number of persons" for a house is the number
obtained in accordance with one or other of the two following tables,
as set out in the first schedule, and is the aggregate number found by
applying Table 2, or the number given by Table 1, whichever is
the less.


Where a house consists of:—The permitted number of persons is:—
(a) One Room2 Persons.
(b) Two Rooms3
(c) Three Rooms5
(d) Four Rooms
(e) Five Rooms or more10 ,, with an additional 2 in respect of each room in excess of five.