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Under occupancy

The amount of housing benefit you will receive will depend on the number of people in your household, if you are of working age and renting

Bright empty bedroom

from us, a registered housing association or other registered social landlord. A size criteria is applied which allows one bedroom for:

  • Every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any 2 children of the same sex aged under 16
  • Any 2 children of different sexes aged under 10
  • Any other child (other than a foster child or child whose main home is elsewhere)
  • A carer who does not live you but provides you or your partner with overnight care
  • Children with severe disabilities where they are unable to share a bedroom. 

If you have one or more extra bedrooms your housing benefit will be reduced by:

  • 14% if you have one extra bedroom.
  • 25% if you have two or more extra bedrooms. 

Use our under occupancy calculator to work out the number of bedrooms you are entitled to for housing benefit calculations.