Local Housing Allowance
We use Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to work out how much Housing Benefit we can pay for private tenants to rent their homes.
Housing Benefit is usually paid to the person claiming.
We do not use LHA to work out your Housing Benefit if either of the below apply:
your tenancy started before 1989
your home is a caravan, mobile home or houseboat
What you will get
The amount of LHA rate is based on the number of bedrooms your household needs and the rates are set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).
How we work out your household bedroom entitlement:
a bedroom for each person or couple over 16
a bedroom for 2 children under 16 of the same sex
a bedroom for 2 children under 10 regardless of sex
any other child
an extra room for a disabled tenant or partner who needs a non-resident overnight carer
Use the bedroom calculator to work out how many bedrooms your household needs.
Our district has 2 LHA rates depending on which area your address is. You can check out which area your property is in by using the LHA checker.
The shared room rate will apply to most single people under 35 even if you live in self-contained accommodation.