Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

LHA rent levels

LHA rent levels April 2020

Number of bedrooms Category Weekly amount Monthly amount
Shared accommodation A £82.04 £356.48
One bedroom B £172.60 £749.99
Two bedrooms C £212.88 £925.01
Three bedrooms D £276.16 £1,199.98
Four (or more) bedrooms E £322.19 £1,399.99

The maximum LHA the Council can pay is for four bedrooms.

Shared accommodation rate

You are entitled to the shared accommodation rate if you:

  • live in a privately rented house or flat and you have exclusive use of one bedroom and share other rooms such as the living room, bathroom or toilet and kitchen with at least one other tenant - this will apply regardless of your age and will also apply if you are a joint tenant
  • are under 35 years old and you live alone, even if you live in self-contained accommodation such as a one-bedroom flat or a studio flat

Single people and couples with no one else living with them

If you are 35 years old or more, with no children or dependents, you are entitled to the:

  • one-bedroom rate if you live in self-contained accommodation
  • one-bedroom rate if you have exclusive use of at least two rooms in a shared house or flat
  • shared accommodation rate if you have exclusive use of only one room and share other rooms in the house or flat with other tenants

Single people under 35

If you are under 35 and live alone, you are entitled to the shared accommodation rate of LHA. This does not apply if you:

  • get the severe disability premium in your benefit because you are entitled to the middle or higher rate care component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • need an extra bedroom for a carer who provides you with overnight care, but who doesn't normally live with you
  • are between 25 and 34, and you have spent at least three months in a homeless hostel (even if the three months were not all in one block of time), and you have accepted support services to enable you to be rehabilitated or resettled in the community
  • are between 25 and 34, and you are an ex-offender who is being supported by a number of agencies, sometimes known as MAPPA
  • are under 22 and had at some time been subject to a care order since the age of 16
  • are under 22 and had previously been accommodated by social services
  • have one or more children or other people (non-dependants) living with you

Joint tenants

If you share your tenancy with another person, you will be entitled to the:

  • shared accommodation rate if you have one bedroom to yourself and share other facilities with the other joint tenant(s)
  • one-bedroom rate if you do not share your home with anyone else other than your partner and you are not affected by the rules for under 35s
  • the rate for the number of bedrooms you need if you have children or non-dependents