Local Housing Allowance (LHA) was brought in by the government on 7th April 2008 as a new way of working out Housing Benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord. LHA does not replace housing benefit it is just a different way of calculating your entitlement.
It does not affect people living in Derby Homes or housing association properties.
You will not be affected by LHA if:
The amount of LHA you can receive depends on:
LHA is based on the number of bedrooms you need. One bedroom is allowed for:
From 1st April 2012, if you are aged under 35 years old you are entitled to receive the standard rate for a bedroom in shared accommodation. This shared rate will be based on properties where a tenant has the exclusive use of only one bedroom and where the tenancy provides for him/her to share the use of one or more of:
Single over 35 year olds, care leavers under 22 year olds, and couples with no dependant children will be entitled to the rate for a one bedroom property. For example, a one bedroom flat or studio or other kind of self contained accommodation, provided you actually rent a property of at least this size.
However, if you are in this category and decide to live in a property where you do not have either exclusive use of two or more rooms, or exclusive use of one room, a bathroom and toilet and a kitchen or facilities for cooking, you will be entitled to only the shared LHA rate.
Find out more about Local Housing Allowance for private tenants, and calculate your bedroom entitlement on using LHADirect's bedroom calculator.
|LHA Rate at Month||1 bedroom shared||1 bed self contained||2 bedroom||3 bedroom||4+ bedroom|
|April 2014||58.24 (for under 35s, unless exempt)||83.91||103.85||116.53||155.77|
|April 2015||58.82 (for under 35s, unless exempt)||84.75||103.56||117.70||155.34|
|April 2016||58.82 (for under 35s, unless exempt)||84.75||103.56||117.70||149.59|
|April 2017||58.82 (for under 35s, unless exempt)||84.75||103.56||117.70||155.34|
If the rent is the same as the amount of LHA to which you are entitled, you will usually get any LHA paid to you and you will have to pay your rent to your landlord.
If your rent is more than the appropriate LHA you will have to pay the difference from your other income. In exceptional circumstances you may be able to get Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to help pay the difference. Please complete the Discretionary Housing Payment application form online.
Some tenants may struggle with the responsibility of paying their rent and so safeguards have been put in place to make direct payments to landlords in certain circumstances.
If you would like your rent to be paid directly to your landlord please complete a Housing Benefit - Local Housing Allowance direct payments form. We will consider your request based on the circumstances you have told us about on this form.
Payments may be made direct to your landlord where the council decides that you are:
Payments of Housing Benefit may also be paid direct to the landlord where:
If your landlord contacts us advising you are in eight or more weeks arrears:
If we do not receive a response from you by your stated deadline we will make a decision about where to send future payment based on the information we hold.
Please contact us if you need further information.
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