Help with private renting

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is Housing Benefit paid to people who live in private rented accommodation to help them pay their rent. It is usually paid to the claimant, but may be paid direct to the landlord in certain circumstances. The rates depend on how many people live in your household.

Find out how many bedrooms you are eligible for and what your LHA rate is.

One bedroom is allowed for each of the following:

  • every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • any other adult aged 16 or over
  • any 2 children of the same sex aged under 16
  • any 2 children regardless of sex aged under 10
  • any other child (under 16)

Page last updated: 16 February 2024

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