Local Housing Allowance

The Local Housing Allowance(LHA) is a calculation we use to work out the amount of Housing Benefit you are entitled to, if you are a private tenant.

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

LHA rates from 1 April 2020 (these rates remain unchanged from 1 April 2021)

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

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

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

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

Who the LHA rate does not apply to

The LHA rules do 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