Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance for private tenants

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a way of working out Housing Benefit for private tenants.

LHA applies to anyone who lives in private rented accommodation and has made a new claim for Housing Benefit.

If you are renting a property or room from a private landlord, LHA is used as part of the calculation to work out how much Housing Benefit you get.

Your personal rate of LHA will depend on where you live and who lives with you.  Benefit is based on the number of bedrooms you need and not how much the rent is. You can calculate how many bedrooms you are eligible for here

LHA rates are set for different types of accommodation in each area, ranging from a single room in a shared house, up to properties with 4 bedrooms.

The amount you are entitled to will depend on your income, savings and other circumstances. These rates are set from April each year and will remain the same until the following April.

You can choose accommodation, knowing how much rent we will use to work out your benefit, from the LHA rates set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). You can search for the LHA rates here.

LHA does not affect you if:

  • you are a tenant of a registered social landlord (housing association), registered charity or voluntary organisation
  • you live in supported housing
  • your tenancy started before 15 January 1989
  • you live in a caravan, mobile home, houseboat or hostel
  • you claim benefit for help with mooring fees
  • a large part of the rent you pay for your tenancy is for meals cooked for you.