Tell us if your circumstances change

You must tell us of any changes that might affect your benefit. It is important you keep us up to date and it is your responsibility to do so.

You can do this:

Under occupancy

Your housing benefit entitlement may be affected by the number of spare or extra bedrooms you have in your home. A size criteria is applied during assessment which may reduce your benefit by:

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

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

Further information, including details of the size criteria and what is regarded as a spare bedroom, can be found at