Local housing allowance is based on the number of bedrooms your household needs, not the number of rooms in the property you rent, or the rent that you are charged.
One bedroom is allowed for:
- every adult couple
- any additional adult aged 16 or over
- any two children regardless of sex aged under age 10
- any two children of the same sex aged under 16
- any other child
- a carer who normally lives elsewhere (we may write to you about this).
For couples and single people claiming under certain circumstances the number of bedrooms you are entitled to is fixed and you will only be entitled to the shared accommodation rate:
- you are one of a couple, don’t live with dependants and rent a room in a shared home
- you are 34 years or younger and live alone (there are exemptions for severely disabled people, care leavers under 22 years of age or those with a bedroom used by care workers providing overnight care)
- you are 35 years or over and rent a room for your sole use in a shared home
A shared home is accomodation where you have exclusive use of only one bedroom and you have to share a kitchen, a bathroom, a toilet or a room suitable for living in.
To work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to:
- Benefits Service Enquiries
- Tel: 01803 207201
- Fax: 01803 292866