Documents showing you fulfil the maintenance requirement

To show you fulfil the maintenance requirement, you need to send in documents to us. You need to show both that you have a home of a sufficient size and standard and that you have an income that you and your family members can live on.

Documents showing you have a home

If you rent your home

If you rent your home, you have to send in a copy of your tenancy agreement.

The agreement has to contain:

  • monthly rent
  • number of rooms
  • name of tenant
  • name of landlord
  • period of tenancy
  • signature of landlord.

If you are a sub-tenant in your home

If you are a sub-tenant in your home, you also have to send in documents showing that your landlord, housing cooperative association or rent tribunal has approved the let. When you rent as a sub-tenant, it is the property-owner who is the landlord, not the holder of the tenancy agreement. The agreement or contract must be signed.

If you own your home

If you own your home, you have to send in a copy of your purchase agreement or some other transfer document showing that you own the home. If the number of rooms is not stated in the document, you can attach a layout plan, a home specification or a similar document.

You also have to send in documents showing what housing cost you have. Irrespective of whether you live in a cooperative (‘tenant-owner’) or owner-occupied home, you have to send in documents showing what interest expenditure you have and the size of your amortisation payments.

If you live in a cooperative home, you also have to send in copies of documents showing the monthly charge and any other operating costs not included in the monthly charge, such as for heating, electricity and water.

If you live in an owner-occupied home, you have to send in documents showing what operating costs you have. This can, for instance, be charges for heating, water, refuse collection, waste water, joint property management charges, property charges or other costs linked to your housing.

Documents showing you have an income

If you are employed

If you are working, you need to send in a copy of your employment agreement or some other document showing your employment. The document has to contain:

  • name of employee
  • form of employment (for example open-ended, fixed term, substitute)
  • level of employment
  • wage
  • employer
  • signature of an authorised representative of your employer.

You also need to send in a copy of your most recent pay slip. It has to contain:

  • name of wage earner (employee)
  • name of person paying the wage (employer)
  • net wage
  • any wage supplements or wage deductions (leave or illness, for example).

If you have temporary employment

If your employment lasts for longer than one year, you need to send in a copy of your employment agreement and your most recent pay slip. If you have an hourly or on-call employment, you can send in a copy of your employment agreement and your three most recent pay slips.

If your employment lasts for less than one year and you have had previous fixed-term employment, you also need to send in previous employment agreements for the past year.

Employment agreements, or other documents showing your employment, have to contain:

  • name of employee
  • form of employment (for example open-ended, fixed term, substitute)
  • level of employment
  • wage
  • employer
  • signature of an authorised representative of your employer.

Your pay slip has to contain:

  • name of wage earner (employee)
  • name of person paying the wage (employer)
  • net wage
  • any wage supplements or wage deductions (leave or illness, for example).

If you are receiving benefit from an unemployment insurance fund

You need to send in a copy of a decision from the unemployment insurance fund and account statements showing payments made to you. The documents should show how much benefit you receive and the period when you have the right to benefit.

If you are receiving benefit from Försäkringskassan

You need to send in a copy of a decision from the Försäkringskassan [the Swedish Social Insurance Agency] showing what type of benefit and how much benefit you are receiving. The documents should show the period when you have the right to benefit from Försäkringskassan.

If you have a pension

You need to send in a copy of a decision showing what type of pension you have and how much pension you receive each month or year. This can, for example, be a decision from the Swedish Pensions Agency.

If you are self-employed

If you are a sole trader or are a partner in a trading partnership or limited partnership, your income consists of your share of the surplus from your company after deduction of social security contributions. This usually means the surplus from business activities that you declare in your tax return. You can show your income by sending in:

  • a copy of your final tax assessment for the previous income year
  • a copy of your tax return, along with a copy of your NE or N3A annex, for the previous income year
  • a copy of the decision on your preliminary tax for the present year from the Swedish Tax Agency, or an account statement from your tax account for at least three months clearly showing preliminary tax paid.

If you are a partner in a limited company

If you are a partner in a limited company, you can show that you withdraw salary or other compensation from your limited company by sending in the following documents:

  • salary agreement and pay slips for the last three months
  • statement from the limited company’s tax account for at least three months to show employer’s contributions and preliminary tax paid to the Swedish Tax Agency
  • if you conducted activities in the previous year, you can send in the final tax assessment or tax return information for yourself for the previous year
  • a copy of your income tax return for the previous year and a K10 form from the Swedish Tax Agency showing that you have received a dividend for your share
  • an extract from the Swedish Tax Agency showing income statements submitted for you for the last three months.

Last updated: 2019-12-05

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