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Single claimants under 35

Most single claimants under 35 living in private rented accommodation are only entitled to the shared accommodation rate of Local Housing Allowance (LHA), regardless of the size of the accommodation they rent. The following are not affected by this:

  • Claimants over 25 but under 35 who have spent at least three months in a specialist hostel or hostels for homeless people, where the main purpose of that hostel it to provide supervision, care and support with a view to assisting people to be rehabilitated or resettled in the community.
  • Claimants over 25 but under 35 whose housing has been arranged under active Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), to be settled back into the community.
  • Severely disabled people receiving the middle or highest care component of Disability Living Allowance, or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment.
  • Single claimants under 22 who have left care.