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

It also affects tenants already getting housing benefit who move into accommodation rented from a private landlord.

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1. 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.

2. How do I get my benefit if Local Housing Allowance applies to me?

Usually you will have your benefit paid directly to you. It will be paid directly into your bank or building society account, if you have one, or by cheque.

If you do not already have a bank or building society account, you may want to set one up. That way you can arrange to pay the rent to your landlord automatically, using a standing order.

It is up to you to pay the rent to your landlord. If you don't pay your rent, you may be taken to court and evicted from the property.

3. Local Housing Allowance booklet

Read the Local Housing Allowance booklet: