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Claiming help with your rent (private renters)

If you’re working age, you’ll need to claim Universal Credit to get help with your rent - unless you’re in one of these groups:

  • You’ve been placed in temporary accommodation by our Housing Choices Team
  • You live in supported accommodation
  • You get a severe disability premium as part of another benefit

If you’re pension age, you can claim Housing Benefit.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates are used to work out how much Housing Benefit you can get if you rent from a private landlord.  

It's a flat rate allowance, based on the area where you live and the number of people who live with you. It isn't based on the rent that your landlord charges for your property.

Your Housing Benefit is worked out using your LHA rate, your income and your savings. You need a valid tenancy agreement.

Housing Benefit under LHA rules is usually paid directly to you rather than to your landlord.

If you rent from a housing association or the council, rent a caravan or houseboat or have a tenancy which began before 1989, your Housing Benefit will based on the amount of rent that you're charged.

See the current Local Housing Allowance rates.

Find out more about Local Housing Allowance.

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