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Under occupancy

Examples of those who might be affected

Below are some examples of households that are affected:

Example 1:

Mr and Mrs Jones live in a two-bedroom house costing £70 per week in rent. Before April 2013 housing benefit covered the full cost of their rent.
Now that the under occupancy rules apply they will have one spare bedroom.
Their housing benefit is reduced by 14% of their rent (14% of £70 = £9.80).
Their housing benefit is reduced by £9.80 to £60.80 per week.
They will have to pay £9.80 per week towards their rent.

Example 2:

Mr and Mrs King live in a four-bedroom house with their son aged one and daughter aged three. Their rent is £100 per week. Before April 2013 housing benefit covered the full cost of their rent.
Now that the under-occupancy rules apply, they will have two spare bedrooms. They need one bedroom for themselves, and their children can share as they are under 10 years old.
Their housing benefit is reduced by 25% of their rent (25% of £100 = £25)
Their housing benefit is reduced by £25 to £75 per week.
They will have to pay £25 per week towards their rent.

Last updated: ‎27/02/2023 11:48