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Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a form of Housing Benefit for people who pay rent to private landlords.

How much can I get?

The amount of LHA you get depends on the area you live in and the number of bedrooms you and your family neednot the amount of rent you actually pay to your landlord.

LHA rates are the maximum amount that could be payable to you in Housing Benefit. The amount you actually get will also depend on your income, savings and other circumstances.

How many bedrooms do I need?

You can work out the number of bedrooms you would be entitled to under LHA from the information below or by using the link to the Bedroom entitlement calculator.

One bedroom is awarded for each of the following:

  • Adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • Other adult aged 16 or over
  • Two children under the age of 10 (regardless of sex)
  • Two children aged under 16 of the same sex
  • Any other child.

The maximum number of bedrooms you can be entitled to for LHA purposes is four.

Single claimants under the age of 35 will normally only be eligible for the shared room rate.

Which LHA area do I live in?

To find out which area your property falls into please go to the LHA direct postcode search.