Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a method of working out Housing Benefit entitlement for tenants renting from a private landlord.
LHA does not depend on how much rent you pay, but on the size of your household. The LHA rate that you are entitled to will depend on how many people live with you and will vary from a one bedroom with shared facilities to a four bedroom rate. These rates are set by the Rent Registration Service for individual areas known as Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMAs). The city of Dundee has only one BRMA.
The Rent Registration Service will base conditions relating to the size of your home on allowing one bedroom for:
- every adult couple (adult means someone who is aged 16 or over)
- any other adult
- any two children (a child is someone under 16) who are both girls or both boys
- any two children under 10, no matter whether they are girls or boys
- any other child
If you are under 35 and live on your own, you will usually only be entitled to the shared room rate.
You may also be entitled to an additional bedroom in certain circumstances (please contact 01382 431205 for more information).
Joint tenants will receive a rate of LHA based on each tenant’s family circumstances. This means that joint tenants living in the same property may qualify for different rates of LHA.
To find out how many bedrooms you are entitled to, enter your household composition into our Bedroom Entitlement Calculator.
The rate of LHA that you are entitled to is fixed from 1 April 2016 for a period of four years. Your LHA rate may change if your circumstances change. For example, if the number of people you live with changes.
The amount of LHA you will receive is calculated by a means test and will depend on your personal circumstances.
In most cases, LHA will be paid by direct payment to you and not to your landlord.
We will pay your LHA by an automatic credit to your bank account (BACS) every four weeks. Housing Benefit - payment dates for BACS
If you do not have a bank account, we recommend that you open one. If you are worried about managing your money, ask us if we can help. In certain circumstances we may be able to pay your landlord direct. Vulnerability & Direct Payment to Landlord policy.
Your LHA entitlement may be less than your rent. In this circumstance, you will be required to make up the shortfall.
Apply for LHA
Apply for direct payment to landlord