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Rent-free weeks

If a claimant has rent free weeks as part of their tenancy, the monthly payment will always be calculated by deducting the number of rent free weeks from 52.

For example, if there are 4 rent free weeks in a year, the 4 weeks are deducted from

52. Universal Credit will be calculated as weekly rent multiplied by 48 and divided by 12.

Tenants should be made aware of any rent free weeks they have so that they can notify DWP, this will help to avoid confusion and ensure payments are accurate.