If you have a spare bedroom and you’re renting a council or housing association property, then your Housing Benefit, or housing costs element of Universal Credit might be reduced. This is often referred to as the ‘Bedroom Tax’ or the ‘under-occupation penalty’ or the ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’.
Examples of people who may be affected include:
- couples or single, working age people, who live in a two-bed property
- families living in a three-bed (or more) property where children could share a bedroom
- foster carers (foster children are not counted household members for benefit purposes)
- separated parents with shared care of children. Only the main carer will be allowed the extra bedroom
- disabled customers who have an extra bedroom but do not have an overnight carer
- customers with disabled children who have their own bedroom but would be expected to share with other children
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for detailed information on this.