Housing Benefit and underoccupied social sector tenants

Houses in the Borough

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Government rules determine how many bedrooms you need for the size of your household.

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 aged under 16
  • Any two children aged under 10
  • Any other child 

A Bedroom may also be allowed for:

  • A registered foster carer (with a child placed with them; a child placed within the last 52 weeks; or if newly approved). Only 1 bedroom is allowed regardless of the number of children placed.
  • A carer (or team of carers) who do not live with you but provide overnight care to a:

       -  Disabled claimant or partner

       -  Disabled child

       -  Disabled non dependant

  • Children or a couple who are unable to share because of severe disabilities.

All of your circumstances will need to be considered including whether the disabled person is entitled to certain disability benefits.

If you have more bedrooms than you need for your household, the rent used to work out your housing benefit will be reduced by:

  • 14% if you have one extra bedroom
  • 25% if you have two or more extra bedrooms

Find out how you can get advice and guidance about Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.

Find further advice and guidance about benefits.


Get advice if you are worried about money or struggling to pay your rent

If you are concerned you could be affected please contact your housing provider in the first instance.

You can also contact Stockton Welfare Rights Service or Stockton District Advice and Information Service.

Extra help is available for those on housing benefit who are struggling to pay their rent. 

Find out about Discretionary Housing Payments.


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