The rate of LHA that applies to you depends on who lives with you and the number of bedrooms your household needs.
You are allowed one bedroom for each of the following:
As an example, a couple with two children, a boy aged 8 and a girl aged 6, are considered to need a two bedroom property. So the maximum amount of rent that can be used to calculate their Housing Benefit entitlement is Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate for a two bed room property.
The rate of LHA for single people aged under 35 will be based on a room in shared accommodation, such as a bedsit or a room in a property where kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with other tenants. This is called the ‘Shared Accommodation Rate’.
Some properties will have a rent lower than the amount of LHA you can get. If the rent is less than the LHA rate that applies to you, the maximum amount of rent used to calculate your entitlement to housing benefit will be the actual rent charged.
You may find a property where the rent is more than the LHA you can get. The council will not usually pay more LHA. You will have to pay the difference from your other income. In exceptional circumstances you may be able to get a Discretionary Housing Payment to help pay the difference. You can ask us for more information about this.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investigate Housing Benefit Fraud. You can report housing benefit fraud directly to DWP .
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