Local Housing Allowance
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a way of working out Housing Benefit for some private tenants, designed to be fair and simple for people on a low income.
You will not come under the rules for local housing allowance if you are:
- a tenant of a Housing Association
- a tenant whose tenancy commenced before 15th January 1989
- someone who lives in a hostel
- someone who lives in a caravan, houseboat or mobile home
- someone whose claim has a substantial part of the rent go towards board and attendance
- a tenant of supported housing provided by certain local authorities, social landlords, charities and voluntary organisations
How Much LHA Will I Receive?
LHA rates are based on the number of bedrooms needed and the area in which a person lives
The following are expected to share a bedroom
- An adult couple
- 2 children under 16 of the same sex
- 2 children under ten regardless of sex
People with a disability or medical condition will not be always be expected to share a room
Each local authority is divided into Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMA) and LHA rates are set individually for each area.
Our District has 3 BMRAs.
- Benefits Division, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ