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Are you in receipt of Housing Benefit?

This could also be described as the housing element of Universal Credit.

Were you or your partner/spouse aged 61 ½ or over on 1st April 2013?

Only claimants of working age are subject to the charge.

If you or your partner are of pension credit age and claiming housing benefit you won't be affected by the under occupancy charge.

How many bedrooms does your property have?

Whilst there are rules around what constitutes a bedroom for over occupation rules, this does NOT apply to the under occupation charge.

The number of bedrooms as per your tenancy agreement.

What is your weekly rent?

(excluding ineligible service charges, insurance etc)

As stated on your latest rent statement.

How many people/couples aged over 16?

Couples would require 1 bedroom, include any children over 16.

Including lodgers and friends or relatives who live with you.

Do any of these people have a non-resident overnight carer due to severe disabilities?

The person who needs care must provide evidence of overnight care needs or receive disability living allowance (DLA) - middle or high care component/personal independence payment (PIP) - daily living component/ attendance allowance.

You can only get housing benefit for one extra bedroom under this rule.

How many children, that you claim benefit for, live in the property?

You must tell the council if your circumstances change so that your housing benefit can be recalculated.

Boys:

You can't get housing benefit for children who've left home and don't plan to return or visiting children who live elsewhere and who you don't claim child benefit for.

How many children, that you claim benefit for, live in the property?

You must tell the council if your circumstances change so that your housing benefit can be recalculated.

Girls:

You can't get housing benefit for children who've left home and don't plan to return or visiting children who live elsewhere and who you don't claim child benefit for.

Do any of these children require substantial overnight care?

The person who needs care must provide evidence of overnight care needs or receive disability living allowance (DLA) - middle or high care component/personal independence payment (PIP) - daily living component/ attendance allowance.

You can only get housing benefit for one extra bedroom under this rule.

per week

Will you be affected by the under occupancy charge?

Use this handy tool to work out how much you will have to pay.

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Exemptions

Severely Disabled Children — to be allowed their own bedroom where they would seriously disrupt the sleep of another child at night if they were to share a bedroom.

Foster Carers — to be allocated an extra bedroom, even between placements.

Adult children in Armed Forces — to be deemed as living at home whilst away on operations.

Severely disabled adults who are unable to share a room due to their disability are exempt from these changes, and are allowed their own bedroom.

Looking to move?

If you would like to move to a smaller property, you can register for a move via Property Pool Plus. You can also register for mutual exchanges, which are often quicker and allow you to swap with any other approved landlord in your chosen area. This can be done via Property Pool Plus or via homeswapper direct.

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