If you have a housing voucher, and you can find an apartment within the right rent range, you can just rent it, no matter how many extra bedrooms it has!
For example, you can have a two bedroom voucher and rent a three bedroom apartment as long as it fits within the right price. However, this plan may come with a few catches. . .
Although this seems like a good idea, sometimes it does not work out perfectly. Eventually the landlord may realize they could get a tenant with a larger voucher and get more money. After you have been there for a year, the landlord has a right to raise the rent.
If this happens, the Housing Authority will give you the option to either pay the additional yourself, or move to a less expensive place.
Voucher amounts are very confusing and easy to misunderstand. Before going forward, you might wish to double check how much rent your voucher will actually pay: How Payment Standards Work
Tip: If utilities are not included in your rent, make sure to deduct the cost of utilities before figuring out how much your voucher is worth. Housing Authorities do not always explain this to people and many people wind up wasting time and money looking in the wrong price range.
Even if your Housing Authority allows you the extra bedrooms, there’s a chance your landlord will not allow it. If you are applying to a low income or “income restricted” property, they may have their own policies on bedrooms.
You can ask the property manager, or if you’d like to see it in writing, request a copy of their “bedroom policy” or “occupancy policy.”
In some situations, you can request that your voucher be increased to add an extra bedroom: Five Ways to Request an Additional Bedroom
We’ve heard reports from some readers that the Housing Authority is not allowing them to rent a place with extra bedrooms, even if it falls within payment standard.
Although this is not a common policy, it may exist in some areas. You can ask your housing program for a written copy of their bedroom policies or check their administrative plan to see if your housing program has created a policy like this.
If you or someone in your household is disabled, and this policy is keeping you from being able to rent the place that best suits your disability needs, you can also request an accommodation for an exception to this policy.