Rules for single under-35s
If you are single, under 35 and live alone in private rented property, you usually get the ‘shared accommodation rate’ of LHA, even if you live in a self-contained one-bedroom flat or in a house where you have sole use of more than one room.
There are some exceptions. If you are under 35 and have self-contained accommodation or sole use of rooms, you will not be restricted to the shared accommodation rate:
- if someone lives with you as part of your household, for example, a partner, child, elderly relative, friend or grown-up child
- if you get the middle or higher rate care part of Disability Living Allowance, or the daily living part of Personal Independence Payment
- if you are under 22 and have been in the care of a council since you were 16, or housed by a council since you were 16
- if you live in supported housing that is provide by a housing association, registered charity or voluntary organisation with a package of care and support from your landlord or someone on behalf of your landlord
- if you need an extra bedroom for a carer who doesn’t live with you but provides you with overnight care
- if you are an approved foster carer.
There are some other exceptions if you are single and under 35 but over 25 and have self-contained accommodation or sole use of rooms, you will not be restricted to the shared accommodation rate:
- if you have lived in a hostel for homeless people or a hostel that provides rehabilitation and resettlement within the community for at least three months. You must have also received resettlement support to help you live in the community; or
- if you are an ex-offender and your housing has been arranged for you through Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). You don’t need to tell us if this applies to you, one of the agencies will tell us.