Restrictions for those aged under 35
Single Room Rent restriction
A "Single Room Rent" restriction applies to all single people up to the age of 35.
This means that any single claimant, with no partner or care of a child, aged up to 35, will have their LHA set at the '1 Room' shared rate and not the '1 Bedroom' rate.
There are exemptions to this restriction:-
- anyone with a partner;
- anyone with care of a child (e.g. receiving Child Benefit)
- anyone with one or more non-dependants
- anyone receiving middle or high rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA), or Attendance Allowance or either rate of Personal Independence Allowance (PIP) and no one can be getting Carer's Allowance for looking after you.
- if you need an extra bedroom for a carer who provides you with the overnight care you need and they do not normally live with you, an extra room will be allowed when calculating your LHA entitlement.
There are also exemptions where the single person:
- is under the age of 25 and was formerly in social services care under a court order [section 31(1)(a) of the Childrens Act] which applied after their 16th birthday
- is under the age of 25 and was formerly provided with accommodation by social services [under section 20 of the Childrens Act]
- is aged 25 and over, and is an ex-offender subject to the MAPPA Scheme
- is aged 16 and over, and has spent at least three months in a hostel provided to prevent homelessness
Please ask us for details if you think you may be exempt from the Single Room Rent restriction