Bedroom standards

Please note: some properties are designated for occupation by certain groups of people. For example, when allocating bungalows or adapted properties we will give preference to households with mobility or disability needs. We will also prioritise families with children under 16 years of age for two bedroom houses.

Standard bedroom needs

The number of bedrooms needed is based on the number, age and sex of the people who form their household. The bedroom requirement is calculated as follows:

  • one bedroom for a couple who are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting as if they were married or in a civil partnership
  • one bedroom for any other person aged 16 or over
  • one bedroom for any two children of the same sex aged at least 10 and under 16
  • one bedroom for any two children regardless of sex aged less than 10
  • one bedroom for any other child
  • one additional bedroom for each carer of a member of the household who is disabled or has a long-term health condition, provided that it is essential that overnight care of that member of the household is provided by a non-resident carer.

We have discretion to allow under-occupation by a maximum of one bedroom where:

  • a property is considered to be ‘hard to let’, or
  • it is assessed that an extra bedroom is required as a member of the household is disabled and requires space for specialist equipment, storage or to accommodation adaptations, or
  • the household have signed up and have been accepted by the Council to be foster carers, or
  • you have an adult child who would normally reside with you when they are not deployed on operations for the British Armed Forces.

Housing register allocation policy

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Additional bedroom requests

If you feel that you should be considered for properties one bedroom larger than your requirement due to any of the reasons above, please complete the attached application form.

For more examples please refer to our eligibility example table.

Extra bedroom request form

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Housing eligibility examples

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