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Other adults living with you

In April 2011, the government started to increase the amount that 'non-dependants' (adult members of your household other than your partner) may have to contribute towards the rent. This will reduce any housing benefit or council tax support you may be entitled to. Contributions from non-dependants will depend on how much they earn before tax and National Insurance deductions, or whether they receive benefits including:

  • Jobseekers allowance
  • Incapacity benefit
  • Employment and support allowance
  • Statutory sick pay/Maternity Allowance or Paternity allowance
  • Payment for apprenticeships.


No non-dependant deduction will apply where the claimant or their partner gets the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

What is it?

In April 2011, the government started to increase the amount that 'non-dependants' (adult members of your household other than your partner) may have to contribute towards the rent. This will reduce any housing benefit or council tax support you may be entitled to. Contributions from non-dependants will depend on how much they earn before tax and National Insurance deductions, or whether they receive benefits including:

  • Jobseekers allowance
  • Incapacity benefit
  • Employment and support allowance
  • Statutory sick pay/Maternity Allowance or Paternity allowance
  • Payment for apprenticeships.


No non-dependant deduction will apply where the claimant or their partner gets the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Am I affected?

If a non-dependent shares your home, it may affect the amount of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit you get. Non-dependents are people who share your home, but don't depend on you for financial support, such as relatives, friends or grown-up children. The following don't count as non-dependants:

  • carers employed by a charity which charges for the service
  • joint tenants
  • sub tenants
  • lodgers

What should I do?

If you have other adults living with you and are worried about paying your rent you should:

  • contact us now, as we can offer help and talk to you about different ways to pay
  • use the benefits calculator on the right to see how you will be affected
  • contact your council to ask about extra financial help
  • try to find paid work to increase your income
  • get in touch with your local Citizens' Advice Bureau or other advice agencies
  • work out how much money you will have left to live on after you have paid your rent. You will be expected to make up any shortfall in your housing benefit from your other income. Budgeting will become even more important if your benefits are reduced
  • find out about the different ways to pay your rent and service charge.


This information on this page is for general guidance only. It should not be regarded as a complete or authoritative statement on welfare benefits and may be subject to change. For the most up-to-date guidance, please contact your local council or Citizens' Advice Bureau.

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