Local housing allowance

What is Local Housing Allowance?

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the name given to the way Housing Benefit is calculated for people who rent from a private landlord. Find out more about Local Housing Allowance.

Work out the Local Housing Allowance rate that applies to you

The Local Housing Allowance room rate that you are entitled to depends on the size of your household. Find the current rates from  and use our Local Housing Allowance calculator to work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to and the room rate applicable to you.

Changes in your circumstances

Once you are in receipt of Housing Benefit, the relevant LHA rate used in the calculation will continue until the next annual review. However, we must review it sooner if there is a change in circumstance.

Additional bedroom allowance for carers, foster parents and armed forces

We can include an extra bedroom in the Housing Benefit size criteria if you meet qualifying conditions. Not all circumstances are mentioned so contact us for individual queries.