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Local Housing Allowance

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Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the maximum amount of rent that can be used when calculating entitlement to housing benefit. It is based on the number of people in your household and where you live.

Who does LHA apply to?

LHA currently only applies to private sector tenancies.

We will not use the LHA rate to calculate housing benefit if you:

  • rent from a housing association or registered charity
  • live in a mobile home, caravan or houseboat
  • live in a hostel
  • are a boarder
  • have a shared ownership property
  • live in exempt / supported accommodation where care, support or supervision is provided

How many bedrooms I am eligible for?

One bedroom is allowed for each of the following:

  • each adult couple
  • each other person aged 16 or over
  • two children under 16 of the same sex
  • two children under 10 of the same or opposite sex
  • any other child

Additional bedrooms can be allowed if you:

  • are a foster parent
  • have an overnight non-resident carer
  • have a disabled child who needs their own bedroom
  • have an adult child, who is a member of the armed forces serving on active duty, and who is normally part of the household.

The maximum number of bedrooms that can be taken into account is four.

Single people under the age of 35 are normally entitled to the shared accommodation rate, even if occupying self-contained accommodation.

Use the bedroom calculator to find out how many bedrooms your household is eligible for.

Rates of Local Housing Allowance

You can find the latest LHA rates in the Downloads section of this page.

Future changes

There are plans to include social sector housing and exempt / supported accommodation within the LHA scheme from April 2019. Further details will be provided when available.

If you have any further questions about Local Housing Allowance please contact us:

Telephone 01454 868002

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