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Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the maximum amount of housing benefit you can get if you rent from a private landlord.

LHA rates have been up-rated in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from April 2013. This means that any changes in your LHA rate will take effect every April, instead of on the anniversary date of your claim.

CPI measures the average changes in the prices of consumer and services in the UK from month to month. Any increase will be based on the previous September CPI. This figure is due to be published every November.

If your rent increases during the year and is still below the appropriate LHA rate we will be able to amend your housing benefit entitlement.

If your rent decreases during the year we will also be able to amend your housing benefit entitlement accordingly.

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