Local Housing Allowance(LHA) rates are used to calculate and pay Housing Benefit for people who rent from a private landlord. We still take into account your income and any savings you may have.
The amount of LHA that applies depends on who lives with you and what area you live in. LHA does not depend on how much rent you pay, but you cannot receive more LHA than the amount you pay for rent.
The Bedroom Entitlement Calculator can help you work out which rate you are eligible for. However please note that single people under 35 years of age may only be entitled to the '1 bedroom shared rate' and not the '1 bedroom' rate. See below for more information.
Select the calculator and check the Local Housing Allowance Rates for the number of rooms you are entitled to.
You will be entitled to one bedroom - up to a maximum of four - for each of the following:
You may be able to receive an extra room allowance if you have a disabled person who is unable to share a bedroom as described in the categories above. The disabled person must be in receipt of the care component of Disability Living Allowance at middle or high rate; PIP daily living, at either rate, Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment.
If you think this may apply to someone in your household, please complete the Extra Bedroom form below.
An extra bedroom can also be allowed for a regular (non-resident) overnight carer. To qualify, you or your partner must require, and actually receive, regular overnight care from a carer, or team of carers, and be receiving middle or high rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, PIP daily living, at either rate, Attendance Allowance, Armed Forces Independence Payment or otherwise be able to show us that you require overnight care.
Complete the Additional Bedroom for Overnight Carers form below to provide details if you think this may apply to you.
The amount of 'eligible rent' used in the calculation of your Housing Benefit will be either the appropriate LHA rate or the actual rent you are charged per week, whichever is lower.
The rates are set by the Valuation Office. Unless there is a change to your household your claim will continue to be based on this amount.
In most cases LHA will be paid directly to you, into a bank or building society account. Payments will be made fortnightly, 4-weekly or monthly in arrears. You can arrange for your bank or building society to pay your rent directly from your bank account to your landlord.
You cannot choose to have your LHA paid direct to your landlord, except in some very exceptional cases, where there are reasons that mean you cannot cope with handling your financial affairs. Our Vulnerability & Safeguarding Guidance explains the situations where we will consider paying the landlord on your behalf.
A "Single Room Rent" restriction applies to all single people up to the age of 35. This means that any single claimant, with no partner or care of a child, aged up to 35, will have their LHA set at the "1 Room" shared rate and not the "1 Bedroom" rate.
There are exemptions to this restriction:
There are also exemptions where the single person:
Please ask us for details if you think you may be exempt from the Single Room Rent restriction.
If you are in board and lodging or charity-supported accommodation you may also not get LHA.
But you may still be able to get Housing Benefit to help with your rent. Please ask us if you need any more information.