Local Housing Allowance


The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) arrangements apply to those renting from private landlords. They are used to calculate maximum housing benefit entitlement, and are affected by the area the property is in and the size of the household. You can calculate the amount of bedrooms you are entitled to claim for using this bedroom calculator. The allowance is capped at a maximum of 4 bedrooms, regardless of any additional need. If you are under 35, single and live alone, you will be restricted to the shared room rate. This rate also applies if you have your own bedroom in a property but share other rooms, such as the kitchen and bathroom. This restriction will not apply if you have the severe disablement premium in the calculation of your benefit or if you have dependant children. The rates are set by the Valuation Office Agency, and Arun is split into two different areas. You can check which area your property is in by using this LHA calculator. It is important you have this information before you try to calculate your eligibility to claim benefit. The maximum amount you will be entitled to claim is as follows:


Local Housing Allowance Rates 


Shared accommodation

One bedroom

Two bedrooms

Three bedrooms

Four bedrooms

Worthing weekly






Worthing monthly






Chichester weekly






Chichester monthly