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How many bedrooms will I be allowed?

Applicants will be advised of the sizes and types of property for which they will be considered. The Council will publish a summary of the sizes and types of property each household is eligible for on the Council's website. This property eligibility information will be updated as and when required.

In assessing the size of property that an applicant requires, the following will be taken into account:

  • whether there is a need for an additional bedroom for welfare or medical reasons including the need for a bedroom for an overnight carer
  • whether the bedroom eligibility should be increased to reflect access to children, in which case the frequency of overnight access and ages and sexes of the children will be taken into account
  • whether the bedroom eligibility should be increased to include foster children and any other relevant circumstances

In the above cases, the decision to increase the number of bedrooms an applicant is eligible for, is subject to satisfactory information being provided on the need for additional bedroom(s) and remains at the Council's discretion on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants may choose to be considered for properties that are smaller than their assessed need and, in these circumstances, the landlord may reject a nomination where offering a tenancy would result in the applicant and their household being overcrowded.

Affordable homes to buy or private rented homes may have different property eligibility that allow under-occupation.

Single people will be considered for self-contained properties and also a room in a shared property.

Last modified on 30 October 2023

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