Since April 2013, the amount of housing benefit you can claim has been reduced if you are of working age and have a spare bedroom.
What is a spare bedroom? The new rules mean you will be allocated one bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household. There are exceptions:
How does this affect you?
If you have one spare bedroom, your housing benefit will be cut by 14% of the rent you pay every week.
If you have two or more spare bedrooms, you will lose 25%.
If your benefit is cut, you will have to pay the difference between your housing benefit and your rent.
If you are affected by the size criteria, it is important that you continue to pay your rent in full, making up any shortfall in your housing benefit. If you don't pay your rent you could lose your home
However, there are a number of things you can do to avoid a benefit deduction, or to ensure you have enough money to make up the shortfall. For information and advice, call our Income Management team on Freephone 0800 035 22 11 or 0300 303 8324 from mobiles. Alternatively email: email@example.com.
In the meantime, take a look at this short film we’ve produced that addresses some of your queries about the under- occupancy ruling