It only applies to homes owned by housing associations and council properties. Properties owned by private landlords are subject to local housing allowance rules.
One bedroom each is allowed for:
- a resident adult
- a resident adult and his/her partner
- any two children under ten
- any two children under 16 of the same sex
If you are considered to be under-occupying your property by one bedroom, 14 per cent will be taken off your housing benefit.
If you are considered to be under-occupying by two or more bedrooms, 25 per cent will be taken off your housing benefit.
- you are living in supported exempt accommodation (you have care and support as part of the tenancy)
- one extra bedroom is allowed if you are a foster carer (regardless of how many children you are fostering)
- you have a child who cannot share a bedroom because of a disability
- you have an adult child who normally lives with you but is serving away in the armed forces
- shared ownership properties (properties where a tenant pays rent, but also owns part of the property)