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Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowances applies to those claiming benefits for a property which is rented privately with an assured Shorthold tenancy.

A Local Housing Allowance (LHA) claim is based on the relevant LHA rate for the financial year in which the Housing Benefit (HB) claim is made and will be reviewed the following 1 April. However claimants must continue to notify the Council of any changes in their rental liability or circumstances.

Local Authorities (LAs) use published LHA rates to calculate the maximum HB entitlement for the tenant. The Government announced in the 2015 Summer Budget the decision to freeze Local Housing Allowance rates for 4 years. From April 2016, rates will either remain at the April 2015 rate or be set at the 30th percentile of local rents if this is lower.

LHA will normally be paid to the claimant rather than to the landlord. Local Authorities will have discretion to make payments to the landlord in exceptional circumstances. Information on these circumstances and how to apply for payments to be made to landlord can be found in the safeguard policy below, with application forms.

Local Housing Allowance Safeguard Policy (pdf, 381kb) (opens in a new window)

Application for Direct Payments (pdf, 111kb) (opens in a new window)

You can search for your LHA rate using the LHA Calculator (opens in a new window) on the Gov.uk website.

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