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Definition: Household membership

EU-SILC

Subject to the further and specific conditions shown below, the following persons must, if they share household expenses, be regarded as household members:

1. persons usually resident, related to other members;
2. persons usually resident, not related to other members;
3. resident boarders, lodgers, tenants;
4. visitors;
5. live-in domestic servants, au-pairs;
6. persons ususally resident, but temporarily absent from the dwelling (for reasons of holiday travel, work, education or similar);
7. children of the household being educated away from home;
8. persons absent for long periods, but having household ties: persons working away from home;
9. persons temporarily absent but having household ties: persons in hospital, nursing homes or other institutions.

Further conditions for inclusion as household members are as follows:

(a) Categories 3, 4 and 5:
Such persons must currently have no private address elsewhere; or their actual or intended duration of stay must be six months or more.

(b) Category 6:
Such persons must currently have no private address elsewhere and their actual or intended duration of absence from the household must be less than six months.

Categories 7 and 8:
Irrespective of the actual or intended duration of absence, such persons must currently have  no privateaddress elsewhere, must be the partner or child of a household member and must continue to retain close ties with the household and must consider this address to be his/her main residence.

(c) Category 9:
Such person must have clear financial ties to the household and must be actually or prospectively absent from the household for less than six months. <a href="">http://ec.europa.eu/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/2003/l_298/l_29820031117en00010022.pdf</a>
Source:
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1980/2003 of 21 October 2003 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1177/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning Community statistics on income and living conditions (EU-SILC) as regards definitions and updated definitions
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