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Benefits: Local Housing Allowance information for tenants

What is the Local Housing Allowance?

If you are a private tenant and you make a new claim for housing benefit, change address or have a break in your claim, we will work out your Housing Benefit under the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules.

The government sets the rates of LHA payable. The LHA rates are based on the number of bedrooms a tenant requires and the area they live in. One bedroom is allowed for:

  • every adult couple
  • any other adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children of the same sex
  • any two children aged under 10 years, regardless of sex
  • any other children.

If you are charged more rent than the LHA figure, the part of your rent that is above the LHA amount will not by covered by Housing Benefit.

People under 35

If you are single, under the age of 35 and Local Housing Allowance applies to you, you will only qualify for the Local Housing Allowance rate for shared accommodation (even if you pay more rent than this).

The rate for shared accommodation is based on the tenant having sole use of a bedroom or bedsit and shared use of some or all of the facilities; for example, a kitchen, living room or bathroom and toilet.

This rule will not apply if:

  • you have a partner
  • you are getting Child Benefit for a child in your care
  • you qualify for certain disability benefits