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    Bedroom tax

    I have a two bed but my son has moved out, I am in receipt of ESA Support Group, am i liable for bedroom tax.

    Any advice would be great.

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    There are some exemptions to having to pay the so called 'bedroom tax'.

    Have a read of this to see if you are exempt:

    http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/bedroom-tax

    If you aren't exempt and will suffer from financial hardship then there are some possible solutions:

    1. Investigate taking a lodger (boarder)
    2. Ask the council about a Discretionary Housing Payment
    3. Do a swap to a one bed bedroomed place.

    You need to inform the council of your change of circumstances and while you are there explain your situation and ask for some advice.

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    Yes, you are. There is only an exemption for disability if an extra bedroom is needed for a carer who does not live with you to stay overnight and provide care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josephine View Post
    I have a two bed but my son has moved out, I am in receipt of ESA Support Group, am i liable for bedroom tax.

    Any advice would be great.

    Hi Josephine,

    Let's look at the options.

    1 Stay where you are and pay extra for the spare room.
    2 Be put on the housing list to be rehoused into a one bed flat - point based system that could take years.
    3 Homeswap. Check out who wants a two bed flat in exchange for a one bed flat.
    4 Ask a paying friend or relative to rent the spare room off you.
    5 Advertise for a lodger eg spareroom.com
    6 Find a lover to share the cost as a last resort!!

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    im in a one bedroom flat and live alone. I have just been accepted by the council for a two bedroomed flat based on my pip award for mental health. Im not sure if i have to pay bedroom tax/ All i know is they wouldnt accept me for a two bed before my pip award.

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    You have probably been allocated a two bedroom flat as you might be considered tat you have a medical need for a support worker to stay overnight from time to time.

    If I was you I'd contact your local housing officer to clarify that you don't need to pay extra rent/bedroom tax on the extra room before signing anything.

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