How many bedrooms do I require?
The size criteria below details how many bedrooms you are entitled to according to the number of people in the household (including joint tenants).
The rules allow one bedroom for:
- every adult couple (married or unmarried)
- any other adult aged 16 or over
- any two children of the same sex under 16
- any two children aged under 10
- any other child (other than a foster child whose main home is elsewhere)
- a carer (or team of carers) who do not live with you but provide you or your partner with overnight care.
- certain criteria can allow for an additional bedroom for a disabled child where the disability causes a requirement for an additional bedroom
- an adult dependant who is on operations with the armed forces who intends to return to the property.
- for registered foster parents either whilst a foster child/children resides in the property or for a maximum of 52 weeks for periods between foster children.
The table below gives two examples of families in receipt of housing benefits and how the SSSC affects their claim:
A couple aged 29 and 27 with two children, boy aged three and girl aged seven. They occupy a three bedroom property rented from a housing association.
Under the size criteria their household requires two bedrooms:
They are under occupying. Their housing benefit will be reduced by 14% and they will need to pay the difference.
A single parent with two dependent children, a girl aged 13 and a boy aged 8. They rent a three bedroom council property.
Under the size criteria their household requires three bedrooms:
They will not be affected by the SSSC because they are not under occupying their property.
Housing benefits and council tax support officeAddress: