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Bedroom Allocation

When assessing your application the council will determine the number of bedrooms required by each applicant by allowing one bedroom for:

  • Every adult couple
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any two children of the same sex until they are 16
  • Any two children regardless of sex under age 10
  • Any other child under 16, (other than a second foster child or child whose main home is elsewhere, the first foster child being included in the household)
  • A carer (or team of carers) who do not live with the claimant but provide them or their partner with overnight care on a regular basis
  • An adult child whose principal home is with the claimant but who is on HM Forces deployment and away from home
  • An adult child whose principal home is with the claimant but who is studying at University and away from home
  • Where there is a proven need for an extra bedroom on severe medical and welfare grounds as determined by the Medical and Welfare Panel

Also, households expecting a child can be registered for suitably sized accommodation to recognise the needs of their unborn child, as well as any existing family needs, upon production of proof of pregnancy from a qualified medical practitioner.

Households who need larger accommodation (4+ beds) can be given the choice as to whether they would like to be considered for smaller accommodation than the allocation policy states they require providing that it would still meet their needs and not overcrowd the property. This choice needs to be verified in writing from the applicant so it is evidenced. 

Individual landlords letting policies may further restrict the size of families that may apply for properties – such restrictions will be included in the property details for each advert.

Due to the very high demand for the limited number of properties on the Island, additional bedrooms cannot be given to applicants who have children or other family living separately, but who visit and stay on occasions.