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Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the way housing benefit is calculated for people who rent from a private landlord. The figure is used to determine the maximum amount of benefit you can receive. If you have been getting housing benefit since 7 April 2008, the Local Housing Allowance will only apply to you if you:
From 1 April 2013 the LHA rates will change annually on 1 April. they are based on:
Visit our Changes to Benefits section for more information.
The number of bedrooms a family needs is decided in the following way:
One bedroom for each of the following, counting each person once only, in the first group they come into.
We do not count children who only visit, however often, and whose usual home is elsewhere. We also do not count foster children.
To calculate the number of bedrooms that can be included, visit LHA Direct website.
The following rates under April 2013 are effective from 1 April 2013 and will remain effective until 31 March 2014. The rates under April 2014 are effective from 1 April 2014 and will remain effective until 31 March 2015. For details of which areas are covered by each Broad Rental Market Area please see the maps in the Related Documents section at the bottom of this page.
Local Housing Allowance rate
April 2014 April 2015
If LHA is lower than the your rent, you are responsible for paying the shortfall
If LHA is higher than your rent, you will receive up to the amount of your rent liability.
Payments will be made directly into your bank account, two weekly in arrears. We will not normally pay the landlord or agent.
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