Housing Benefit

Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is to help with the cost of rent and affects private tenants who:

  • Move into private rented accommodation on or after 7 April 2008
  • Make a new claim for housing benefit on or after 7 April 2008
  • Have a break of at least a week, in housing benefit

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Who is not affected?

You will not be affected by the change if you are:

  • a tenant of a Housing Association
  • a tenant whose tenancy commenced before 15th January 1989
  • someone who lives in a hostel
  • someone who lives in a caravan, houseboat or mobile home
  • someone whose claim has a substantial part of the rent go towards board and attendance
  • a tenant of supported housing provided by certain local authorities, social landlords, charities and voluntary organisations

How is LHA worked out?

The amount that you're entitled to depends on:

  • the area you live in
  • who lives with you
  • the number of bedrooms you and your family need
  • any savings or money you may have coming in

You can use our benefits calculator to work out your entitlement:

How will my LHA entitlement be paid?

Payments will go direct to the tenant by bank transfer. Tenants will then need to make separate arrangements to pay their rent to the landlord. There will be different arrangements for certain tenants who may be unable to manage their financial affairs.

How will LHA affect landlords?

The main change for landlords is that LHA will in the main will be paid directly to the tenant who will then be responsible for paying their rent to the landlord. There are instances when payment may be made direct to the landlord at the discretion of the local authority.

Further information

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