Local Housing Allowance

When you rent from a private landlord we use a Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate to work out the amount of Housing Benefit you are entitled to.

The LHA rate which is relevant for your household is the maximum amount of Housing Benefit you are entitled to.

We decide which LHA rate is relevant to your household by looking at:

  • the size of your property
  • the number of  people in your household
  • the ages of the people in your household

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 £113.11 £491.49
1 Bedroom Rate (self contained) £230.14 £1,001.01
2 Bedrooms £287.67 £1,249.99
3 Bedrooms £356.71 £1,549.99
4 Bedrooms £425.75 £1,849.99

Shared room rate

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

Who the LHA rate does not apply to

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