Local Housing Allowance

Housing benefit for tenants renting from a private landlord is calculated using a Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate. The LHA rate used is based on the size of your property and your household. This rate is also the maximum amount of housing benefit you will be entitled to.

LHA rates from April 2019

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

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

Who is not affected by LHA?

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



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