Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a way of working out housing benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord.

Do it by phone

0345 302 2312
Housing benefit call centre

9am to 5pm, Monday to Fridays

Who can use this service

You may qualify for LHA if:

  • you pay rent
  • you’re on a low income or claiming benefits
  • your savings are below a certain level - usually £16,000.

LHA is for:

  • new claims for housing benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord.
  • tenants already getting housing benefit who move into accommodation rented from a private landlord.

If you live in council accommodation or other social housing, LHA does not affect you.

What you need to know...

Read the Local Housing Allowance booklet: