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Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance is a form of Housing Benefit for tenants who rent their home from a private landlord.

Local Housing Allowance rules do not apply if:

  • You received Housing Benefit before 7 April 2008 and you have not moved or had a break in your claim since then.

  • You are a Registered Social Landlord tenant (including a Thirteen Group tenant).
  • You live in a caravan or houseboat.

Also, if meals are included in your rent the Local Housing Allowance rules do not usually apply.

Under Local Housing Allowance rules the maximum benefit you can get depends on the number of bedrooms needed by you and the people in your home.  

One bedroom is allowed for:

  • Each adult couple
  • Any other adult (aged 16 or over)
  • Any two children of the same sex under 16
  • Any two children under 10
  • Any other child

A person who is temporarily away from the home, such as a university student or a member of the armed forces on operations, will be taken into account when working out the bedrooms allowed.

A bedroom may also be allowed for:

  • A registered foster carer (with a child placed with them or placed within the last 52 weeks, or if newly approved). Only one bedroom is allowed regardless of the number of children placed.
  • A carer (or team of carers) who do not live with you but provide someone in your household with overnight care.
  • Children who are unable to share because of severe disabilities.

The maximum allowed is the four bedroom rate.


Local Housing Allowance rates from April 2021 to March 2022

The maximum Housing Benefit you can be awarded is the lowest of your Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate or your eligible rent.

 Number of Bedrooms

 Weekly LHA Rate

 Monthly LHA Rate

 Shared Accommodation Rate



 One Bedroom



 Two Bedroom



 Three Bedroom



 Four Bedroom



For most single people under 35 years, and for people who live in shared accommodation, the Shared Accommodation Rate will apply.


Apply for Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance

Due to the complexity of Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance our website only offers information and guidance.

  • Use a benefit calculator to help you find out if you will qualify before you apply for benefit.
  • If you want to discuss your individual circumstances or make a claim please call our helpline on 01642 393829.


Get advice if you are worried about money or struggling to pay rent

Find out where to get help and advice. 

Extra help is available for those on Housing Benefit who are struggling to pay their rent. Find out more about Discretionary Housing Payments.


Further information

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