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Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

The Government is changing Housing Benefit to make it fairer and easier to use. This new scheme is called Local Housing Allowance(LHA)

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a new way of working out Housing Benefit for some tenants on a low income living in private rented accommodation.

LHA is based on the number of bedrooms your household requires. (details further on)

LHA is not based on the rent charged by the landlord, so the Housing Benefit you receive may be higher of lower than the rent you are being charged.

Since 2003 LHA has been tried and tested in 18 Councils. Because of these pilots the Government has made some changes to the national version of LHA, which is being rolled out to all Councils from April 2008.

 

Local Housing Allowance Room Rates From April 2015

Bedford Huntingdon Northants  
Postcodes MK MK PE/CB PE/CB NN NN
             
  Weekly Monthly Weekly Monthly Weekly  Monthly
Shared 62.18 270.19 63.50 275.92 52.24  227.00
1Bedroom 103.02 447.65 104.89 455.77 82.40  358.05
2Bedroom 133.32 579.31 126.00 547.50 105.94  460.33
3Bedroom 156.38 679.51 150.40 653.52 123.58  536.98
4Bedroom 209.07 908.46 198.11 860.84 164.79  716.05
             

 

* Shared Accomodation Rate (SAR) will apply if you have use of just one room and share the rest of the property, or if you are under 35 and live on your own.  

 

Please see below for an explanation of how your room rate is calculated.

 

Past LHA Room rates

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Will I be affected by LHA?

The change will only affect you if you rent your home from a private landlord


What is different about LHA?
LHA is fairer, clearer, gives you more choice and financial responsibility. Most of all LHA is simpler.

How is the LHA calculated?
Each Council will be divided into areas called Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMAs).

 

How many bedrooms do I need?
LHA is based on the number of bedrooms you need, not on how much your rent is.

 

How much LHA will I get?

The LHA rate is the rent figure used to work out the tenant's housing benefit.

 

How will Local Housing Allowance be paid?
LHA will usually be paid directly to you.

 

Basic Bank Account Guide

You can also get advice from a welfare organisation such as Citizens Advice.

If you are worried about managing your money, ask us if we can help. In special cases we may be able to pay your rent to your landlord.

Will there be exceptions?
Some tenants will have problems with the responsibility of paying the rent themselves. In order to safeguard these tenants, the Council will use its discretion to decide whether there is evidence that it is in the tenant's interest to pay their LHA direct to their landlord.


LHA Safeguard Policy

Where do I get additional information?
You can get further information on LHA from Customer Services How to contact us

Information for Landlords:

Information for Landlords for Local Housing Allowance.

Information for Tenants about Local Housing Allowance

You can also get information at the following websites:

Department of Work and Pensions DWP LHA Website

The Rent Service The Rent Service