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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Bedroom tax

The bedroom tax reduces how much help you get towards your rent if your home has too many rooms. It affects you if you rent from the Housing Executive or a housing association. 

The bedroom tax will cut the amount of help you get with your rent by

  • 14% if you have one 'extra' bedroom
  • 25% if you have two or more 'extra' bedrooms. 

The bedroom tax reduces how much help you get towards your rent if your home has too many rooms and you rent from the Housing Executive or a housing association. 

The proper name for this policy is the 'social sector size criteria', but most people call it the bedroom tax. 

The bedroom tax is a policy that cuts the amount of help you get to pay rent if you have too many bedrooms. 

You should get an extra payment if you're affected by the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland. This is called a welfare supplementary payment.