From April 1st 2013, Housing Benefit changed for those living in social sector housing, e.g. Coast and Country Housing, Tees Valley Housing etc.
Tenants, who have more bedrooms than their family are eligible for under the new rules, are considered to be 'under-occupying' their homes and the Housing Benefit will be paid at a reduced rate. This change is commonly known as the 'Bedroom Tax'. If under these new rules, you are deemed to be under-occupying any rooms within your property, your Housing Benefit will be reduced by:
- 14% if you have 1 extra bedroom (approximately £13 per week)
- 25% if you have 2 or more extra bedrooms (approximately £23 per week)
Please note, these changes will not affect tenants who are of state pension credit age or above.
If you are getting, or are thinking of claiming Housing Benefit, or thinking of moving home, you need to consider this change before you renew or make a new tenancy agreement.
To ensure you are receiving the correct amount of Housing Benefit and not being wrongly impacted by the bedroom tax, please inform the Housing Benefit team and your housing association of any changes to your household.
For more information about the under occupancy charge visit the gov.uk website.