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Calculating the housing costs element: renters

This content applies to England

How the housing costs element is worked out under universal credit.

Some rules are common to tenants in the private rented sector and in the social rented sector. Where different rules apply, these are explained.

Size-related criteria

The calculation of the housing costs element under universal credit for claimants who are renting. 

Housing costs contributions: non-dependant deductions

The ‘housing cost contribution’ that is deducted from a claimant’s housing cost element when a non-dependant lives with them. 

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