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LHA Rates

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:

Bedrooms LHA rate
One bedroom in a shared house £57.48
One bedroom £90.90
Two bedrooms £115.07
Three bedrooms £132.32
Four bedrooms £145.43

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. 



P O Box 4, Lancaster, LA1 1QR




01524 582965


01524 582260

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