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Local Housing Allowance

This page contains information about Local Housing Allowance, who it affects and how it will be paid.

Who does it affect?

Local Housing Allowance only applies to claimants in private rented property.

Local Housing Allowance does not apply to you if:

  • You rent from the council
  • Your landlord is a Housing Association
  • Your rent has been registered a fair rent
  • Your tenancy started before 1989
  • You live somewhere where you are provided with care, support or supervision
  • You live in a caravan, mobile home or houseboat

How much Local Housing Allowance will I get?

The amount of Local Housing Allowance you will get depends on:

  • Who lives with you - the number of bedrooms you need
  • How much money you have coming in
  • What savings you have

Local Housing Allowance does not depend on how much rent you pay.

The number of rooms you need

The Local Housing Allowance is a flat rate and the number of people who live with you will be used to work out how many bedrooms you need. One bedroom is allowed for:

  • Every adult couple
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any two children regardless of sex aged under age 10
  • Any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • Any other child

The number of other rooms is ignored for this purpose as all tenants are entitled to these. If you are in doubt about how many bedrooms you will be allocated under Local Housing Allowance (LHA), you can visit the LHA online bedroom calculator.

Single persons aged under 35 years

A single person aged under 35 years, who does not have a dependant living with them, will be entitled to the standard shared accommodation rate of Local Housing Allowance. A severely disabled person under 35 years and care leavers under 22 years will be entitled to the Local Housing Allowance rate for a one bedroomed self-contained property, provided they rent a property of at least that size. For those who qualify for a severe disability premium, they will qualify for the one bedroom rate regardless of the size of their accommodation.

How much money you have coming in and savings

The Benefit Team will use your income and savings details along with your Local Housing Allowance rate to calculate your entitlement.

How is Local Housing Allowance paid?

Local Housing Allowance is usually be paid to the claimant who is responsible for paying the rent to the landlord. Local Housing Allowance is paid by BACS transfer. This means that claimants will need a bank account. If you need more information about opening a bank account, please contact the Benefit Team or Customer Services Centres.

Safeguards

As a tenant you may feel that you cannot cope with the responsibility of paying your rent yourself.

As a landlord you may feel that your tenant cannot cope with this responsibility.

The Benefit Team can decide to make payments direct to a landlord in a number of circumstances if we decide in accordance with our Safeguard Policy, that you or your tenant should be classed as 'vulnerable'. Extra safeguards will also be in place for non payment of rent. More details about the Safeguard Policy and how to apply for payments to be sent direct to the landlord can be found in the documents below.

Local Housing Allowance - Safeguard Policy (PDF Document, 47.56 Kb)

Payment to Landlord form (PDF Document, 92.22 Kb)

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