Local Housing Allowance
What is Local Housing Allowance (LHA)?
Who does Local Housing Allowance (LHA) apply to?
- change address
- have a break in your claim
- move from a council or housing association property to a privately rented property.
- are a council tenant
- rent your home from a registered social landlord or a housing association
- have a tenancy that started before 1989
- have a registered fair rent
- live in supported accommodation
- live in a hostel, caravan or houseboat
- have meals included in your rent.
Calculating Local Housing Allowance (LHA)
- a couple
- a single adult or young person aged 16 or over
- two children of the same sex aged 10 to 15, unless one or both has an illness or disability which means it is unreasonable for them to share a room
- two children of either sex aged under 10, unless one or both has an illness or disability which means it is unreasonable for them to share a room
- any other child
- a non-resident overnight carer if you or your partner are disabled and need overnight care.
- you are a foster carer and:
- you have one or more foster children placed with you in your home or
- you are an approved foster carer who is between placements but only for up to 52 weeks from the end of the last placement, or
- you are a newly approved foster carer for up to 52 weeks from the date of approval if no child is placed with you during that time.
- a non-dependant who is a member of the armed or reserve forces away on operations intend to return home
- non-dependant who is a student away studying, but intends to return home - for example, during Easter and summer holidays.
Shared accommodation rate
- live in a privately rented house or flat and you have exclusive use of one bedroom and share other rooms such as the living room, bathroom or toilet and kitchen with at least one other tenant. This will apply regardless of your age and will also apply you are a joint tenant
- are under 35 years old and you live alone, even if you live in self-contained accommodation such as a one-bedroom flat or a studio flat.
Single people and couples with no-one else living with them
- one-bedroom rate if you live in self-contained accommodation
- one-bedroom rate if you have exclusive use of at least two rooms in a shared house or flat
- shared accommodation rate if you have exclusive use of only one room and share other rooms in the house or flat with other tenants.
- get the severe disability premium in your benefit because you are entitled to the middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, or Personal Independence Payment for daily living, and no-one receives Carer's Allowance for looking after you
- need an extra bedroom for a carer who provides you with overnight care, but who doesn't normally live with you
- are aged between 25 and 34, and you have spent at least three months in a homeless hostel (even if the three months were not all in one block of time), and you have accepted support services to enable you to be rehabilitated or resettled in the community
- are aged between 25 and 34, and you are an ex-offender who is being supported by a number of agencies, sometimes known as MAPPA
- are aged under 22 and had at some time been subject to a care order since the age of 16
- are aged under 22 and had previously been accommodated by social services
- have one or more children or other people (non-dependants) living with you.
- shared accommodation rate if you have one bedroom to yourself and share other facilities with the other joint tenant(s)
- one-bedroom rate if you do not share your home with anyone else other than your partner and you are not affected by the rules for under 35s
- the rate for the number of bedrooms you need if you have children or non-dependents.
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates
|April 2014 to March 2015 (weekly)||April 2015 to March 2016 (weekly)|
1 bedroom - shared accommodation
1 bedroom - self-contained accommodation