The LHA Rates are provided by the Valuation Office Agency each April and detail the maximum housing benefit a person can get. The amount a person will actually receive depends on their income and savings.
From April 2015 the weekly Housing Allowance rates are:
|One bedroom in a shared house
A different rate may apply to properties in postcode LA6. If you are considering renting a property with this postcode, please contact us with the details to check the LHA rate which will apply.
A claimant's LHA will normally be reviewed every April at the same time as their benefits increase. However if a claimant's rent is below the LHA rate, and they have a rent increase mid year, then the council can amend their benefit award from the date of the rent increase. Their award of Housing Benefit would increase to the lower of:
• The new rent charged or
• The previous April's LHA rate
If you have any queries please contact us.
How many bedrooms does a household need?
One bedroom is allowed for:
- Every adult who is single
- Every adult couple
- Any 2 children under the age of 10
- Any 2 children of the same sex under the age of 16
- Any other child
Please note that the maximum bedrooms that if you need more than 4 bedrooms, the rate of LHA used in the calculation of housing benefit will be restricted to the 4 bedroom rate.
Most young people under the age of 35 will have their housing benefit assessed on the LHA rate for one bedroom in a shared house.