Local housing allowance
What is Local Housing Allowance?
Your Housing Benefit will normally be calculated under the Local Housing Allowance Scheme. Your rent will not be calculated on this scheme if your landlord is a Housing Association, or a registered social landlord.
Under this new scheme, you will receive a standard allowance based on the size and needs of your household, and the area in which you live. This will be based on the number of bedrooms you need.
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 regardless of sex under the age of 10
- Any other child
However, Housing Benefit will still be ‘means-tested’, so we will still need details including your income and savings.
Further information can be found in our Local Housing Allowance guidance leaflet.
As well as changing the way Housing Benefit is calculated, this new system also changes the way it is paid to private tenants. In most cases, you will no longer be able to choose to have payment made to your landlord – your LHA entitlement will be paid direct to you, straight into your bank account.
If there is any reason why you cannot manage to pay your rent to your landlord, you should contact us straight away – please note that you will need to supply evidence to support your request.
If you are having difficulty opening a bank account please contact our Benefits Advice Team, you can call them on 01522 873382 or email them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landlords and Local Housing Allowance
If you are a landlord wanting more information about how Local Housing Allowance will affect you, or general Housing Benefit information, then visit our section dedicated to landlords, with everthing you need to know about Housing Benefit, Local Housing Allowance and landlord forums.
Current local housing allowance rates
The following are the current maximum weekly rent allowance rates:
|Type of accommodation||Rate|
|Single claimant under 35 (with exceptions, please ask for details)||£57.74|
|One bedroom (self contained)||£80.77|
|Four bedroom (more than four bedrooms are capped at this rate)||£148.27|
The above rates apply to the amount of bedrooms your household is entitled to.
For example - A single parent, with one girl (four years old) and one boy (six years old) would be entitled to one bedroom for the parent and one bedroom for the children would be entitled to a two bedroom rate.
Housing benefit is a means tested benefit so the amounts may decrease depending on your circumstances