The UK Government has decided that from 1st April 2013 current and future working age tenants renting from a housing association or other registered social landlord may have their Housing Benefit reduced if they have one or more spare bedrooms.
Note: These changes do not affect pension age customers. Pension age is currently 61+ years old. From 1st April 2013 this will increase to 62+ years old.
The government has decided on a method for working out the number of bedrooms a household needs.
Based on this method a bedroom is allowed for the following people:
Extra bedrooms are not allowed for children who visit the household at weekends or for foster children.
This means that those tenants whose accommodation is larger than they need may lose part of their Housing Benefit.
If you have received a letter from us and wish to update your household details, please complete our online form.
Further information on under occupancy is available in the frequently asked questions page.