Bexley Allocations will determine whether a household is overcrowded by using the following criteria from the current Allocations Policy.
The Council uses the bedroom standard as a measure of overcrowding for allocation purposes. Bexley have, however, lowered the age from 21 to 16 when a person is entitled to their own room.
A separate bedroom will be allocated to:
- married or cohabiting couple
- person aged 16 years or more
- pair of children aged 10 to 15 years of the same gender
- pair of children aged under 10 years regardless of gender
For the purpose of this definition a bedroom will be classed as a room that would normally be used as a bedroom. Rooms of a size of less than 50 square feet are disregarded.
Overcrowded applicants are placed in Band 3, however if they are considered as statutory overcrowded they are placed in Band 1.
Social housing tenants
Social housing association tenants who are overcrowded can apply for inclusion on the housing register for a move to a larger property. You will need to complete a housing registration form if you have not already done so. Once your application has been registered and approved, you will be able to bid for properties that interest you via Bexley HomeChoice.
Social housing tenants may also alleviate overcrowding through a mutual exchange. This is where two tenants agree to swap their homes. You may go up or down one bedroom and move anywhere in the United Kingdom. A mutual exchange can help you avoid long waits on the housing list. More information is available on Home swap/mutual exchange.
Non social housing tenants
If you are a private sector tenant or staying with family or friends where the property is too small for your needs, you should consider moving to a larger private sector property in the first instance. This is likely to be the quickest means to overcome your overcrowding.
You may be eligible to claim 'Local Housing Allowance' to help you pay your rent. More information is available at Renting a room or property.
You can also apply for Social Housing and will be placed in the appropriate band. You will need to complete a housing registration form if you have not already done so. Once your application has been registered and approved, you will be able to bid for properties that interest you via Bexley HomeChoice.