Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a way of working out Housing Benefit for some private tenants. The scheme is designed to be a fair and simple way of working out Housing Benefit for people on a low income.
Who is affected?
You will be affected by the change if you are:
- a private tenant who makes a new claim after 7 April 2008
- an existing claimant who has had a change of address and moved to a private tenancy
- an existing claimant who has had a break in their Housing Benefit claim after 7 April 2008 of more than one week
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
What's different about LHA?
The LHA will be dependent on the household size and make-up rather than the actual rent which a landlord charges for a dwelling. If the actual rent charged is greater than the LHA, the tenant will have to pay the difference to the landlord. Payments will usually be issued directly to tenants.
Further information on LHA
If you would like to know more about the specifics of LHA and the legislation related to it there are a number of guides available:
- money advice
- further information for tenants
- further information for landlords
- making payments
- payment advice for landlords
There are also a number of websites with useful information regarding LHA:
If you want more help or advice, contact the Benefit office:
Telephone: 01609 779977
Office:Hambleton District Council
Area Offices: Town Close, Stokesley and The Police Station, Easingwold