Do I Have To Pay Bedroom Tax If I’M Disabled?

What size bedroom is exempt from bedroom tax?

The Housing Act 1985 states that a room of less than 50 sq ft cannot be used as a bedroom and a room between 50 and 70 sq ft is only half a bedroom.

The room you are suggested is a spare bedroom only has insert sq ft of usable floor space and cannot be deemed a bedroom for bedroom tax purposes..

Do pensioners pay bedroom tax?

HOUSING benefit can help eligible claimants cover the costs of all or part of their rent and the payments are usually made to those who have certain disabilities or are of state pension age. However, what is paid out can be affected by what has been dubbed the “bedroom tax”.

Will bedroom tax be scrapped 2020?

A delay means the bedroom tax will have to continue to be covered by councils through discretionary housing payments until May 2020 at the earliest, the SFHA said. … The bedroom tax – officially known as the ‘Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy’ – docks housing benefit from tenants deemed to have a spare bedroom.

What age do you stop paying bedroom tax?

The ‘bedroom tax’ won’t affect you if you (or your partner) have reached state pension credit age. On 1st April 2013, when the bedroom tax started, you will have reached state pension credit age if you are a man or woman aged 61 years and 5 months.

Does bedroom tax still apply?

Am I affected? The bedroom tax applies to tenants living in social housing – that’s properties owned by the council or a housing association – claiming housing benefit. If you have more bedrooms than the rules allow and you are of working age the tax applies.

Do I pay council tax if I get PIP?

If you get PIP you may be entitled to extra money on top of your existing benefits, a reduction in your council tax or road tax bills and discounts on travel. You’ll need your PIP award letter before you can apply for this extra help.

What is my bedroom entitlement?

The number of bedrooms allowed for children depends on how old they are and their sex. The bedroom entitlement rules assume that: two children aged 0-9 can share a bedroom whatever their sex. two children aged 0-15 can share a bedroom if they are the same sex.

Who is exempt from bedroom tax?

Every single adult aged 16 or over. A child who is unable to share a bedroom due to their disability and who qualifies for Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or highest rate. A carer (or team of carers) providing overnight care to a disabled person (including a disabled child)

How can you get out of paying bedroom tax?

Ask a friend or family member to move in. You won’t be affected by the bedroom tax if a friend or family member moves into your spare room and they don’t pay rent. In most cases, a deduction is still made from your benefit because they’re expected to contribute to your rent while they live with you.

How much is bedroom tax per room?

14% of the ‘eligible rent’ for 1 spare bedroom. 25% of the ‘eligible rent’ for 2 or more spare bedrooms.

Can I claim my bedroom tax back?

Residents who have already been awarded money from a council’s discretionary housing payment fund to cover their bedroom tax reductions will still be eligible for a full refund. Residents are also under no obligation to return these crisis fund payments.

Does the bedroom tax apply to pensioners?

If you are in a couple and one of you is state pension credit age and one is working age, then you will be considered to be a working age couple and will be affected by the ‘bedroom tax’, unless you are already claiming Pension Credit or pension age Housing Benefit.