Dacorum Borough Council’s Housing Allocations Policy now has an additional bedroom standard so that some families can bid on a wider range of homes. It is hoped that this change will reduce the current high demand for two bedroom properties.
Families will still be able to bid for properties based on the existing bedroom standard which means they are considered overcrowded if they have siblings of different genders aged 10 or over, or same-sex siblings aged 21 or over. However, they will now also be able to bid for properties based on the new bedroom standard that calculates overcrowding if there are:
• siblings of different genders aged 5 or over, or
• same-sex siblings aged 16 or over.
As a result some families will now be able to bid for both 2 and 3 bedroom properties. For example this could be a family with a boy aged 8 and girl aged 4 or another family with two boys aged 14 and 17.
Applications will not change automatically, so if this change affects you and you would like your application to be amended please contact the Council by email HousingOptions@dacorum.gov.uk or telephone 01442 228000 and asking for ‘Housing Options’.