The Bedroom Tax (Under occupation) overview

Does the government think you have too many bedrooms?

The “Bedroom Tax” is the name given to benefit changes introduced on 1st April 2013 for social housing tenants, which mean that the amount of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit you get might be reduced if, according to the government, you have more bedrooms than they think you need.

If you (or you and your partner) are Pension Credit age and getting Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent then you will not be affected by the Bedroom Tax.

NOTE: Pension Credit Age is gradually increasing – to check, go to

If you are affected it is worth checking to see if the rules have been applied correctly and what else, if anything, you can do.

Go to the ‘Bedroom Tax’ page to find out more.