Housing Benefit Information
From 7 April 2008 Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the new way of calculating Housing Benefits. It is allocated to private tenants only and not those of Council accommodation or other social housing. All councils calculate this by allocation of bedrooms and which LHA rate applies. Tenants who have had Housing Benefit claims before 7 April 2008 will still have a varied Housing Benefit allowance as their claim was calculated on their personal situation.
The factors which determine how much each tenant is entitled to are as follows;
Examples of room allocation;
The table below summarises LHA rates as of February 2012. These are updated monthly and more information can be found on the relevant council website.
Who Receives the Local Housing Allowance
The LHA in most circumstances gets paid directly to the tenant. However under certain circumstances, such as the tenant is in 8 weeks of rent arrears, the LHA can get paid directly to the landlord.
Please note that the information on this page will be updated on the first of every month.
THESE ARE GUIDANCE NOTES ONLY AND WE RECOMMEND YOU CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HOUSING BENEFIT OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO DISCUSS ANY MATTERS THEN PLEASE USE THE CONTACT US OR CALL 0845 508 0932
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