Benefits for private tenants

If you are a private tenant on a low income you may be entitled to Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

Council and housing association tenants are not affected by local housing allowance and should claim housing benefit in the normal manner.

How to apply

You can apply by:

How much LHA will I get?

Private Tenants receive the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate based on the number of rooms their family needs, not the number of rooms in the property they rent or the rent that they are charged.

The LHA rate that your housing benefit is based on will be the rate at the date when you make your claim. Your LHA rate will then be reviewed on 1 April each year and at that point your rate may go up or down.

2016/2017 local housing allowance rates for the Scottish Borders

  • 1 room - shared bathroom and kitchen: £56.96
  • 1 bedroom: £72.00
  • 2 bedrooms: £92.05
  • 3 bedrooms: £109.31
  • 4 bedrooms: £138.46

How many rooms am I allowed?

To work out how many rooms you are allowed, use our bedroom calculator.