Guidance

Local Housing Allowance

How Local Housing Allowance rates are set and used to work out Housing Benefit.

The Valuation Office Agency Rent Officers determines Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates used to calculate housing benefit for tenants renting from private landlords.

LHA rates are based on private market rents being paid by tenants in the broad rental market area (BRMA). This is the area within which a person might reasonably be expected to live.

Local Housing Allowance rates

LHA rates are based on rents, and limited by legislation. These rents are being paid by people with the same number of bedrooms as the property where you live, or the number of rooms you and your household needs.

You can check the LHA rates for you, based on the area you live in.

You can also check how many bedrooms you may be eligible for, based on the number of people in your household.

How to claim Housing Benefit

Find out how to claim Housing Benefit.

Published 22 January 2016
Last updated 14 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Link to 'How to claim Housing Benefit' added to page.
  2. First published.