Under Occupancy

Under Occupancy

If you are a working age tenant who rents from a housing association or other registered social landlord you may have your Housing Benefit reduced if you have one or more spare bedrooms.

The amount allowed for rent and any service charges will be reduced by:
• 14% if you have one extra bedroom
• 25% if you have two or more extra bedrooms

To work out how many bedrooms your household needs for Housing Benefit purposes we use the following size criteria:

One bedroom allowed for each:

• Every adult couple or single adult
• Any other adult aged 16 or over
• Any two children of the same sex
• Any two children who are younger than 10
• Any other child (other than a foster child)
• A carer providing overnight care

There are some exceptional circumstances that we may need to give further consideration to such as:

• If you are an approved foster carer and have foster children living with you or will be in the near future
• If you have an adult child in the armed forces who is currently deployed on operations but will live with you when they return home
• If you have a disabled child who is unable to share with their sibling due to the severity of their medical condition.

If you think any of the above exceptional circumstances apply to you please contact us by email at benefits@fylde.gov.uk or apply online for a Discretionary Housing Payment.

If you feel you are unable to afford the shortfall in your rent please contact your housing association who will be able to discuss what options are available.