Local housing allowance
How many rooms am I allowed?
You are allowed one bedroom for each of the following, up to a maximum of four:
- each adult couple
- any other adult (aged 16 or over)
- any two children under 10
- any two children of the same sex aged under 16
- or for any other child.
No other rooms are taken into account when this is worked out. For example:
|Family A - Couple with one child||2||2 room LHA|
|Family B - Couple with one girl aged 6 and one boy aged 8||2||2 room LHA|
|Family C - Couple with one girl aged 6 and one boy aged 12||2||3 room LHA|
Family C are entitled to three bedrooms. If they choose to rent a property with two bedrooms, their benefit will still be worked out using the three room LHA, however they will not receive more than their actual rent. For example, if the 2 room rate is £80 and the 3 room rate is £110 but their actual rent is £90, if they are entitled to the 3 room rate their benefit will be worked out using £90 as the maximum amount they are entitled to.
If you have a carer who does not normally live with you, and you have a bedroom for them to stay overnight whilst they are providing care you can claim Local Housing Allowance at a higher rate because we can allow the extra bedroom. If this applies to you, please contact us providing details of your carer.
To work out how many rooms you are allowed, try our LHA Room Calculator.
Single people over 35 years old and couples with no children
If you are single and over 35 or a couple with no children, you will get the one room LHA but you must rent a property with at least two rooms or less than two rooms if it is self contained. This means that the accommodation has it's own bathroom/toilet and kitchen. If the property has less than two rooms and is not self contained you will be entitled to the shared room LHA only.
Single people under 35
If you are single and under 35 you get the shared room LHA no matter what size of property you rent unless you qualify for a Severe Disability Premium.
Joint tenants are people who are not a couple but share a property and are named on the tenancy agreement. Joint tenants will get the LHA for their own family in the household not including the family of the other joint tenants.