When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Video guide to Bedroom Tax

This video explains how the bedroom tax works in Northern Ireland

The bedroom tax is a reduction in Housing Benefit for people who live in a property that is owned by NIHE or a housing association and that is too large for their household. Its proper name is the “social sector size criteria”, but most people call it the “bedroom tax”.

If you rent your home from the Housing Executive or a housing association and you receive Housing Benefit, the amount of money you receive could be reduced if your home has too many bedrooms. Find out how many rooms your household is allowed.

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.