Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Housing Benefit/Housing Costs in the Private Rented Sector

From April 2020, Local Housing Allowance rates will be increased to the 30th percentile of market rents. This will apply to all private renters who are new or existing Universal Credit housing element claimants, and to existing Housing Benefit claimants. This means that additional financial assistance will automatically be awarded.


Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is Housing Benefit for tenants in private rented accommodation that was introduced in April 2008. LHA does not affect claimants that live in council accommodation or other social housing.

It is a flat rate allowance based on who lives with you and the area you live in.

LHA gives tenants the freedom of choice of where they live and it's fairer:

  • You will be entitled to the same amount of benefit as people in the same circumstances as you .
  • You can find out how much benefit you can get before you rent a property.
  • You can decide how much of your benefit you want to spend on renting a property.
  • Benefit is usually paid to you directly into your bank or building society account or by cheque. It is your responsibility to pay the rent to your landlord.
  • You will find out about your benefit more quickly than before.

To find out how much Local Housing Allowance your are entitled to or for LHA rates use the links on the right.