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Universal credit size criteria – further rules for private sector.

If you are renting in the private sector, two further rules apply.

Firstly, you are not allowed more than four bedrooms.

Secondly, you will normally be considered to need only 1-bedroom shared accommodation if you are single, under 35, have no children and do not live with a non-dependant. However, this will not apply if you get:

  • the care component of disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate;

  • constant attendance allowance or exceptionally severe disablement allowance;

  • the daily living component of personal independence payment; or

  • armed forces independence payment.

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