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Local Housing Allowance

If you rent from a private landlord, we use a Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate to work out how much Housing Benefit you will receive.

The LHA rate we use is based on:

  • the size of your property
  • your household

Your LHA rate will be the maximum amount of Housing Benefit you will be entitled to. To find out your LHA rate you can use the LHA rate calculator.

LHA rates from 1 April 2020

Number of bedrooms Weekly Monthly
Shared Room Rate £94.30 £408.63
1 Bedroom Rate (self contained) £206.48 £894.75
2 Bedrooms £261.46 £1132.99
3 Bedrooms £326.91 £1416.61
4 Bedrooms £392.19 £1699.49

A shared room means exclusive use of one room with shared use of at least the kitchen, bathroom and toilet.

LHA rates 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

Number of bedrooms Weekly Monthly
Shared Room Rate £92.72 £401.79
1 Bedroom Rate (self contained) £203.03 £879.80
2 Bedrooms £257.09 £1114.06
3 Bedrooms £321.45 £1392.95
4 Bedrooms £385.63 £1671.06

The LHA rules does not apply to:

  • local authority tenants
  • tenants with registered social landlords such as Housing Associations  
  • protected cases such as supported housing provided by certain local authorities, social landlords, charities and voluntary organisations.
  • tenants who have a registered or 'fair' rent
  • tenancies which commenced before January 1989
  • tenancies for caravans, houseboats or hostels
  • tenancies where the Rent Officer decides that a substantial part of the rent is for board and attendance such as hotel accommodation

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Office

Address:
Civic Centre
Harrow
HA1 2DU