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If a private tenant over 35 had a two bedroom flat, would they only be paid the LHA rate for one bedroom if no exemptions applied?

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  • edited 29 July at 9:52PM
    calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    edited 29 July at 9:52PM
    Yes, one bedroom rate would apply. Not sure what exemptions you are referring to.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • hucksterhuckster Forumite
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    Exemption is probably the wrong word.
    One single claimant or a couple living in a two bedroom property, who would normally only qualify for a 1 bedroom rate, can apply for an extra bedroom entitlement. 

    But there are requirements that would need to be met to qualify for the extra bedroom entitlement. If a claimant is in receipt of a disability benefit such as PIP and they needed a carer who does not live with them, to provide regular overnight care, then an extra bedroom entitlement could be added.  For a couple, where one of the couple has a proven health condition that makes it very difficult to share a bedroom, a Decision Maker could upon receipt of sufficient evidence award an extra bedroom entitlement.
    See F3131 onwards in the following link

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/890313/admf3.pdf

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  • stupidaspiestupidaspie Forumite
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    huckster said:
    Exemption is probably the wrong word.
    One single claimant or a couple living in a two bedroom property, who would normally only qualify for a 1 bedroom rate, can apply for an extra bedroom entitlement. 

    But there are requirements that would need to be met to qualify for the extra bedroom entitlement. If a claimant is in receipt of a disability benefit such as PIP and they needed a carer who does not live with them, to provide regular overnight care, then an extra bedroom entitlement could be added.  For a couple, where one of the couple has a proven health condition that makes it very difficult to share a bedroom, a Decision Maker could upon receipt of sufficient evidence award an extra bedroom entitlement.
    See F3131 onwards in the following link

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/890313/admf3.pdf


    It is the wrong word, really. I was thinking of circumstances like those above.
  • calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    ‘Special circumstances’ might be more appropriate.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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