Who can get Local Housing Allowance?
LHA is for some tenants of private landlords as follows:
- Those who make a brand new claim for Housing Benefit
- Those who claim Housing Benefit after a gap in their benefit, even a short gap
- Those who already get Housing Benefit for a home in Manchester and move to a privately rented home in Manchester
The following groups of tenants can't get LHA and their Housing Benefit will still be worked out using pre-April 2008 rules:
- Tenants of private landlords who don't meet the rules described above
- Private tenants whose tenancy began before January 1989
- Housing association tenants
- Manchester Housing and Northwards Housing tenants
- Tenants of charities or voluntary organisations, who get a package of care and support from their landlord (or from somebody else on behalf of their landlord)
- Tenants who live in caravans, houseboats, mobile homes and hostels
- Tenants in board-and-lodging accommodation
Note: If you are currently looking for privately-rented accommodation and are considering moving into either board and lodgings, a caravan, a houseboat, a mobile home or a hostel you could get an idea of how much help you would get with your rent before you sign up for the tenancy. Download this pre-tenancy determination form or ring 0161 455 1010 and we will send you a form. You could pick up a form from our Customer Service Centre at Number One First Street (junction of Whitworth Street West and Albion Street in the city centre) if you prefer. Return the fully filled-in form to us and we will send it to the Valuation Office Agency.