Local Housing Allowance (LHA)
If you pay rent to a private landlord we will use the Local Housing Allowance to work out how much Housing Benefit you can get. This means that we do not always use the actual weekly rent you pay to work out your benefit. If your actual rent is higher than the LHA rate we will only use this rate to work out your benefit. So it is important that you find out the rate that will apply to you before deciding whether to rent a property
The LHA rate that applies to you will depend on
- the size of the property you need; and
- the area where you live.
To find out this information please visit the Valuation Office Agency website.
Changes to the LHA
Read more about the planned changes to the Local Housing Allowance that will take place in 2013.
Can LHA be paid to my landlord?
LHA is usually paid to the tenant so that they can take responsibility for paying their rent to the landlord. But if you think you will have problems managing the rent payments you can ask us to pay your benefit direct to the landlord. More details and an application form are available in how we pay benefits.
We will also consider paying your benefit direct to the landlord if it will help you to get a new tenancy or keep an existing tenancy. We will only consider this if the rent is within the LHA rates or we are satisfied that you can afford to pay the difference.
If you are a landlord of a tenant on Housing Benefit, you can ask us to pay the benefit direct to you if the tenant is having problems paying the rent on time. You do not have to wait until the tenant has rent arrears of 8 weeks. Contact us as soon as you know your tenant is having problems paying the rent.
Online: Make an enquiry
Telephone: 08456 122 660
Fax: 020 8891 7934
Revenues and Benefits,
44 York Street,
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