How many bedrooms can I have?

There may be a reduction to your housing benefit if you are considered to be under-occupying your property. 

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.

Exceptions include: 

  • 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)