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SDP while living with a non-relative

Nick_6Nick_6 Member Posts: 3 Listener
I've just joined this site and am looking for advice. I am abouts to enter a joint tenancy with a non-relative, who is not a partner. Will I lose my SDP ( severe disability premium) as I will no longer be living alone. This person is in no way a carer nor are her finances anything to do with me.


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    It will depend on the tenancy agreement. If they have separate tenancy agreements (i.e. paying for a room in a shared house ) you will be treated as living alone. If you are joint tenants each is jointly and severally liable for the whole rent then there's no guarantee that you will be able to keep the SDP simply because you will be "joint tenants"

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,452 Disability Gamechanger
    @Nick_6 Hello and welcome to the community, its great to have new members here. I hope you have been given the advice you were looking for and good luck for the new house move
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Nick_6 and welcome to the Community.  It is nice to meet you.  Wishing you well for your house move and please let us know how things go.  If there is anything else we can help/support you with then please just ask.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • Nick_6Nick_6 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you for your kind words. 
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