Manchester City Council

Homes & property A summary of our rehousing rules

Overcrowding: bedroom standard rules

You may qualify for one of the three higher rehousing bands if you are overcrowded because there are not enough bedrooms where you live now.

We use rules called the 'national bedroom standard' to work out how many bedrooms you need . . .

Firstly we look at couples and single adults in your household:

  • a couple (aged 16 or over) who live together as partners - straight or gay - should have their own bedroom
  • a single adult age 21 and over, should have their own bedroom

Then we check if there is a woman in the household who is pregnant (28 weeks or more):

  • if there are no other children in the family, the expected baby should have its own bedroom.
  • if there are other children in the family, the baby will be part of the rules for children and young people (below).

Then we look at children and young people (under 21) from the same family in the household:

  • two children under 10 of either sex can share a bedroom
  • two boys under 21 can share a bedroom
  • two girls under 21 can share a bedroom
  • any remaining children should have their own bedroom
  • young single adults who are under 21, and not in the same family, need their own bedrooms

When we have worked out how many bedrooms you need, we compare that number to the number of bedrooms you actually have. If you need more bedrooms than you have, you count as being overcrowded.

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