Do you have a spare bedroom?

Under Universal Credit anyone with a spare bedroom will receive less money towards their rent. This means you'll have to pay some of your rent yourself.

Here's what that means for you:

  • If you've got one spare bedroom the money you receive towards your rent will reduce by 14%
  • If you've got two or more spare bedrooms the money you receive towards your rent will reduce by 25%

You need to make sure your occupancy details are up to date on My Account.

Don't worry if you've not used My Account before, you can register here (it only takes a couple of minutes).

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Frequently asked questions

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You'll be affected if:

  • You've got one or more spare bedrooms
  • You're working age
  • And you're receiving the housing element of Universal Credit (this replaces Housing Benefit) 

If the bedroom is being temporarily used then you'll still be affected. This includes things like: 

  • Your child is visiting, but they live with someone else most of the time 
  • You or your partner use the room because of a disability or illness
  • You're storing medical equipment in there 
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Under Universal Credit anyone with a spare room will receive less money towards their rent. 

  • If you've got one spare bedroom the money you receive towards your rent will reduce by 14%
  • If you've got two or more spare bedrooms the money you receive towards your rent will reduce by 25%

You'll have to pay the rest yourself. 

For example:

If your rent is £100 a week, you would need to pay the following extra rent yourself:

  • £14 more if you have one spare room
  • £25 more if you have two or more spare rooms
  • £64 more if you have one room and you only receive a top-up towards your rent from Universal Credit
  • £75 more if you have two or more spare room and you only receive a top-up towards your rent from Universal Credit

 

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Contact our Tenancy Support team if you're worried. You can email tenancy.support@mhs.org.uk or Contact Us

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The new rules allow one bedroom per:

  • Couple (married or unmarried)
  • Adult aged 16 or over
  • Two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • Two children aged under 10 (can be a boy and a girl)
  • Carer (or a team of carers) who don't live with you but provide overnight care

For example:

Living in the home Bedrooms allowed under the new rules
A couple and one child 2 bedrooms
A single parent, one girl age eight and one boy age six 2 bedrooms
A couple, one girl age six and one boy age 12 3 bedrooms
A single parent, one boy age 12 and one boy age 17 3 bedrooms
A couple one girl aged 14, one girl age 17 and one boy age nine 4 bedrooms
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Yes, there are sometimes allowances where you can keep a bedroom for people who don't live with you all the time.

For example: 

  • Foster carers are allowed an extra room if they've fostered a child or become an approved foster carer in the last 12 months
  • Children with severe disabilities who can't share a room. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will decide whether they need a spare room or not
  • Adopted children
  • Students who live away from home temporarily (for less than 52 weeks) and plan to return home
  • People in the Armed Forces who live at home but are deployed on operations 
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You need to update your details on My Account to tell us who lives with you.

Don't worry if you've not used it before, you can register here (it only takes a couple of minutes).