From 1 April 2013 if you are of working age, in a housing association owned property and have one or more ‘spare’ bedrooms, your Housing Benefit may be reduced.
You will be affected if:
- You are of working age (which is from the age of 16 until you receive your state pension)
- You get any Housing Benefit, even if it’s a small amount
You won’t be affected if:
- You or your partner have received your state pension
- You part-own the property under a shared ownership lease
- You have been placed in temporary accommodation by us under the homelessness legislation of the Housing Act 1996
What is classed as a ‘spare’ bedroom?
- An adult couple
- Any other person aged 16 or over
- Two children of the same sex under the age of 16
- Two children under the age of ten regardless of their sex
- Any other child
- A carer (who does not normally live with you) if you or your partner need overnight care
- A foster child
- Your children mainly live at another address, but you have a spare room for when they stay with you
What if you or your partner has a disability?
- You have a carer who lives elsewhere, and
- You or your partner receive the middle or high rate care as part of the of Disability Living Allowance and need overnight care
- The carer uses the extra bedroom to stay overnight on a regular basis to provide care for you or your partner
- You and your partner need to sleep apart because of a medical condition
- You or your partner receive middle or high rate care as part of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independent Payments