Bedroom tax

Bedroom tax (under occupancy) means that people living in a housing association or council property will receive less housing benefit if you have more bedrooms than the Government think you need.

  • One spare bedroom means you will lose 14% of your housing benefit entitlement.
  • Two or more spare bedrooms mean you will lose 25% of your housing benefit entitlement.

The rules allow you to have one bedroom for:

  • Each adult couple
  • Any other person aged 16 or over
  • Two children of the same sex under the age of 16
  • Two children under the age of 10 regardless if they’re a boy or girl
  • Any other child
  • A carer (who does not normally live with you) if you or your partner need overnight care.

There are some exceptions to the bedroom tax rules.  The rules won’t apply if:

  • You live in a one-bed flat or bedsit
  • You don’t have more bedrooms than your household needs
  • You don’t receive housing benefit
  • You or your partner receive pension credits

What you can do if you are affected by the bedroom tax:

  • Stay in your home
  • Downsize to a smaller property

You can check how many bedrooms you are entitled to by using the Citizens Advice Bureau’s bedroom tax calculator.

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