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Universal Credit (UC) housing costs element - Universal Credit (UC): What if I have another adult living with me?

Universal Credit (UC) housing costs element can help with rent and some service charges

Universal Credit (UC): What if I have another adult living with me?

If you have other adults living with you who aren’t your partner and do not have to pay rent, they might be treated as your non-dependant.

This means that an amount will be taken off your housing costs element because this other person is expected to help with the rent. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) call this a Housing Costs Contribution.  £77.87 per month is taken off your Universal Credit for each other adult in your home.

You won’t have money taken off your housing costs element for a non-dependant if:

You also won’t have any money taken off your housing costs element for any other adult who:

You won't have money taken off your award for a non-dependant if you are an owner-occupier.

Updated: June 2022
 

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