When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Help for people affected by 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.  It only applies to people who rent their homes from

  • the Housing Executive, or
  • a registered housing association.

People in Northern Ireland will usually get an extra payment to make up the money they lose. This is called a welfare supplementary payment

Applying for extra help

You don’t have to apply for this extra payment. The payments are automatic for everyone affected by the bedroom tax.  The amount you get should be the same as the amount you lost because of the bedroom tax. 

Sometimes, things go wrong and the payment is not set up properly.  Get advice if you haven't got your extra payment yet. 

Does the supplementary payment go to you or your landlord?

The extra money is paid to the same person your other rent benefits are paid to. 

This could be you or your landlord. 

Can your supplementary payment stop? 

You will lose the supplementary payment if

  • you move to another property owned by the Housing Executive or a housing association and
  • you still have too many bedrooms in the new home and
  • your move was not a management transfer.

Get advice if you are thinking about moving to a new home

Your extra payment can stop if you transfer or swap your tenancy.

Get advice if you are thinking about moving home and your current home has more bedroom than you need.