Your Housing Benefit may be reduced if you have one or more spare bedrooms. The Housing Benefit reduction is:
So, for example:
If your Housing Benefit is £70 and you have two spare bedrooms, the reduction is 25%. This means your Housing Benefit will be reduced by £17.50.
How many bedrooms can I get Housing Benefit for?
The amount of bedrooms you can claim Housing Benefit for is as follows:
Housing Benefit rules do not take into account:
Who is affected?
Under-occupancy applies to working age only – this is under the qualifying age for State Pension – so an average age of 62 applies.
While there are rules around what is classed as a bedroom for over-occupation rules, this does not apply to under-occupation. The number of bedrooms in the house (whatever their size and whatever they are being used for) is dictated by the number of bedrooms you are charged for.
What do I need to do?
Lincolnshire Housing Partnership Limited registered as a charitable Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 with registered number: 7748. Registered Office: Westgate Park, Charlton Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire DN31 1SQ