Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance entitlement

How much LHA you receive will depend on:

  • who lives with you and the number of bedrooms your family needs
  • which area your accommodation is in
  • how much money you have coming in
  • what savings / capital you have

Follow these three steps to find out how much LHA you are entitled to:

Step 1

Your rate will depend on the number of bedrooms your family needs. You are allowed one bedroom for each of the following:

  • every adult couple
  • any other adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children of the same sex - aged under 16
  • any two children regardless of sex - aged under 10
  • any other children

Use the online calculator to work out how many bedrooms you need

We may be able to award an extra bedroom if you have a disabled child or have regular care from someone who is not part of your household.

We cannot take into consideration extra room requirements for medical conditions (where couples sleep in separate bedrooms) or where couples are separated and children come to stay.

The number of rooms you are allowed may change from time to time eg when a child reaches the age of 10 or 16 years. The Benefits section will deal with age related changes and recalculate your benefit entitlement.

Step 2

The LHA is based on the rent levels for the area as determined by the Rent Service. Hambleton district has 5 areas - known as Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMA)

  • Hambleton and Richmond
  • York
  • Teesside
  • Darlington
  • Harrogate

Find out which area your postcode is in

Within each BRMA there are separate rates set by the Rent Service based on the number of bedrooms. These rates are published annually  from 1 April to 31 March, allowing prospective tenants to work out the level of LHA they will receive. This means tenants with the same circumstances will be entitled to the same rate of LHA within a BRMA.

Step 3

Use the 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.