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Close relative

For Universal Credit purposes, a 'close relative' is defined as: 

  • Parent

  • Parent-in-law

  • Son

  • Son-in-law

  • Daughter

  • Daughter-in-law

  • Step-parent

  • Step-son

  • Step-daughter

Private renting from a close relative

Housing costs are not payable where the landlord is:

  • a member of the assessment unit

  • a close relative of a member of the assessment unit and that relative lives in the same property

  • part of a company or trust that a member of the assessment unit (or a close relative of a member of the assessment unit) who lives in the same property has an interest in (including owners, directors, trustees and beneficiaries)