Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out claims for Housing Benefit from tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord.

LHA will not affect you if you rent from the Council or a Housing Association; if your tenancy started before 1989; if you rent a caravan; or live in a hotel or hostel. 

Local Housing Allowance rates were frozen from April 2012.

The Government changed the rules on 1st January 2012:

  • single claimants under 35 years making a new claim, will only receive the shared accommodation rate
  • current single claimants under 35 years will receive the shared accommodation rate when their claim is next reviewed
  • this new rule does not apply to couples, claimants with children, claimants with middle or higher rate of Disability Living Allowance
  • there are some other very limited exemptions

Download or view the documents below.

 Use our online Bedroom Calculator to find your Local Housing Allowance category.


Housing benefit application forms

For help, information or an application form phone: (01786) 233210 or email Financial Services

Full details about Local Housing Allowance are available from the Department of Work and Pensions