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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.

Most people who are under 35 and who live alone, will only be able to get Housing Benefit based upon the shared accommodation rate, even if they live in self-contained accommodation.

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

When you can get more than the shared accommodation rate if you live alone?

The shared accommodation rate doesn’t apply if you are under 35 and are entitled to:

  • PIP – daily living component or
  • DLA – middle or higher rate of the care component or
  • armed forces independence payment

In these circumstances, you will get the self-contained rate even if you are living in shared accommodation.

Rates of Local Housing Allowance

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

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

Telephone 01454 868002

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