Living with others

Find out how living with someone can affect your payments and services from us.

You may be living with:

  • housemates
  • your partner
  • a parent or guardian.

If you’re getting a payment from us and not living on your own, we need to know. The people you live with can affect the payments you get from us.

In a relationship

If you’re in a relationship and start living with your partner, you need to tell us.

Your partner’s income can affect how much we pay you and what services you can get.

Read about getting together with a partner and how to tell us.

If you separate

If you separate from your partner, it can affect your payments. You’ll need to update your details with us so we can assess you as single.

Read about breaking up and support for separated parents.

Shared housing

Living with someone you’re not in a relationship with can still affect your payment. This will depend on who you’re sharing with and how you’re contributing to household costs.

You can let us know who you’re living with when you change your address.

You can update your address online using either:

Page last updated: 10 December 2021