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Who is affected by LHA

LHA is used to work out Housing Benefit for new claims received on or after 7 April 2008

 

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

You make a new claim for Housing Benefit on or after 7 April 2008 or
You have a break in your claim of one week or more or
You are already claiming Housing Benefit and you change your address on or after 7 April 2008

The changes will not affect you if:

You are a Housing Association tenant *
Your rent has been registered as a 'fair rent' *
Your tenancy started before 1989 *
You live somewhere where you are provided with care, support or supervision *
You live in a caravan, mobile home or houseboat *

LHA may not apply if your rent includes an amount for meals *

* you may still be entitled to Housing Benefit under the existing rules