A non-dependant is someone who normally lives with the Housing Benefit claimant such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend. Boarders, sub-tenants and joint tenants are NOT non-dependants.
Does the money paid by non-dependants for their keep, count as income for the person claiming Housing Benefit?
No. This money is not treated as the claimant's income. Instead, a fixed deduction is made from the claimant's entitlement to Housing Benefit based on the non-dependant's GROSS weekly income.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes. A deduction does not apply for any non-dependant if the Housing Benefit claimant or partner is:
- registered blind
- in receipt of Personal Independence Payments (Daily Living Component)
- in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (Care component)
- in receipt of Attendance Allowance
- in receipt of Armed Forces Independence Payments
or if the non-dependant:
- is under 18
- is under 25 and on Income Support / JSA (Income Based) (Housing Benefit)
- is in receipt of Income Support / JSA (Council Tax Benefit)
- is on a youth training scheme
- is a full time student
- normally lives elsewhere
This information is for guidance only. It does not cover all the rules for all the benefits for every situation, nor does it provide a full interpretation of the rules. It should not be treated as a complete and authoritative statement of the law.