Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a form of housing benefit for private tenants.
LHA does not apply to:
Payment is made to the tenant, who then pays the landlord. Council tenants are not affected by the LHA and will continue to receive housing benefit/universal credit (although from April 2018, the LHA rate will affect the amount of housing benefit/universal credit council tenants receive. Find out more about the changes).
The amount of money you'll receive is based on:
It doesn't depend on how much rent you pay. If your rent is higher than LHA, you'll need to make up the difference. This won't affect other benefits you may be getting.
The Department for Work and Pensions website (external link) outlines the aims of LHA.
Please complete the Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit claim form.
Or contact the Revenues and Benefits Service. Contact details are in the contacts panel on the right of this page.
Information for where you live
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Revenues and Benefits Service
PO Box 16