Benefits and support Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules

LHA is the name for Housing Benefit that is paid to most tenants of private landlords.

The amount of benefit you get depends on:

  • who lives with you
  •  where your home is
  •  how much money you have coming in
  •  your savings
  • how much rent you pay
  • your age

LHA rules do not apply to you if:

  • you have been claiming without a break, for the same address, since before April 2008
  • you are a private tenant whose tenancy began before January 1989
  • you are a tenant of a housing association, Manchester Housing or Northwards Housing
  • you are a tenant of a charity or voluntary organisation with a package of care and support from your landlord or somebody else on your landlord’s behalf
  • you live in a caravan, houseboat, mobile home or hostel
  • you live in board-and-lodging accommodation.

If LHA rules apply to you, you can find the LHA rate for your home. You need to know:


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