Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

How many bedrooms do you need?

The Council allows one bedroom for each of the following:

  • a couple
  • a single adult or young person aged 16 or over
  • two children of the same sex aged 10 to 15
  • two children of either sex aged under 10
  • any other child (under 16)
  • a non-resident overnight carer if you or your partner are disabled and need overnight care

For example, a couple with a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter need a two-bedroom property (one for the couple and one for the children). The Council does not count rooms such as a living room, kitchen or bathroom.