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What is different about LHA

 

LHA is fairer: you will get the same amount of benefit as other people living in your area with similar circumstances to you

Local Housing Allowance is clearer:
You will know how much LHA you are entitled to before you look for a property to rent so you will know which property you can afford

LHA gives you more choice: You will be able to choose how to spend your income in the same way as tenants who are not in receipt of benefits.

If you find a property you like and the rent is lower than the LHA you will be able to keep the difference up to a maximum of £15 per week. Alternatively, if you find a property you like but the rent is more than the LHA you will know how much of the rent you will have to make up yourself.

LHA gives you more financial responsibility LHA will usually be paid direct to you and you will be responsible for paying the rent to your landlord in the same way as other tenants who do not get benefit

LHA is simpler There will no longer be a need for complex rent restrictions and individual referrals to The Rent Service that contribute to the delays in processing claims from private tenants