Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a system for working out a fair rent for people who rent from private landlords (not the council or a housing association).
If you are a private tenant, the amount you can claim in housing benefit depends on:
- Who lives with you
- The area you live in
- The rate of LHA set by the Valuation Office Agency for the number of bedrooms you need
- Your income
- Your savings and capital.
The Valuation Office Agency reviews LHA every April.
How many bedrooms am I allowed?
You are allowed one bedroom for:
- Every adult couple
- Anyone aged 16 or over
- Any two children under 16, and of the same sex
- Any two children under 10 regardless of their sex
- Any other child (but not a child whose main home is elsewhere)
- A carer who stays overnight (where you or your partner need overnight care).
The LHA rules don’t apply to you if you have been claiming housing benefit for the same property continuously since 7 April 2008, and your tenancy agreement has not changed.