Bedroom Occupancy Legislation

In April 2013, there was a change to the way Housing benefit is calculated for working age customers living in the social rented sector which includes Council tenants and tenants of registered social Landlords such as Housing Associations

 Your bedroom requirement is calculated according to the number of householders in your property and is based on the following criteria.

One bedroom is allowed for

  • An adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any two children of the same gender aged under 16
  • Any two children aged under 10
  • Any other child, (other than a foster child or child whose main home is elsewhere)
  • A carer who provides you or your partner with overnight care (providing you have a spare bedroom for this purpose).

If you are in occupation of a property with more bedrooms than you need your benefit is reduced according to the following formula

  • 14% for one spare bedroom and
  • 25% for two or more spare bedrooms.

If you have an extra bedroom because of disability adaptations or for a foster child you will still be subject to the restriction though you should contact the council to see if you can receive some assistance in these cases.

There are some exceptions to the changes summarised below:

  • If you are of pensionable age
  • Supported or temporary accommodation
  • Shared ownership.
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