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I'm on housing benefit, entitled to 4 bedrooms, If I rent a 5 bedroom house then how much extra will I have to pay myself for that 5th room?

I'm on housing benefit, entitled to 4 bedrooms, If I rent a 5 bedroom house then how much extra will I have to pay myself for that 5th room? Or will the council help with that 5th room rent?

Asked on Dec 29 2011, Renting in Thornton Heath | Report content

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  • You'd be better off calling or going in to the council as they can advise you further with regards to your specific situation.

    Answered on Jan 5 2012, Report content
  • Most councils base housing benefit entilement on how many bedrooms you need. It's highly unlikely they will pay anything towards a 5th bedroom unless your family's needs have changed and you now need an extra bedroom. If that's the case then your housing benefit entitlement should be increased to the amount awarded for a 5 bedroomed house. You will probably be asked for proof that you need more bedrooms. A couple of years ago my partner and myself were going to apply for a four bedroomed house instead of our 3 bedroomed so his boys would have their own room when they came to stay. Our housing benefit entitlement was for a 3 bedroom so we asked if our benefit would be increased to pay for a 4 bed property due to our change in circumstances. The council wanted a written statement signed by the boys mum stating how often they stayed over and how long each stay lasted. Our housing benefit amount would be based on the length and frequency of the boys visits. We didn't apply in the end because instead of having their own bedroom, my partners sons, my son and my daughter decided they were all going to sleep in one bedroom when they stayed. Explain your reasons for wanting/needing an extra bedroom to your local council, your individual circumstances may entitle you to extra benefit. Hope this helps. Good Luck :) xx

    Answered on Jan 6 2012, Report content

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