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If you claim Universal Credit, your rent costs will usually be included in that claim - you can't get LHA as well.

If you rent from a private landlord, LHA is used to work out how much benefit you can get towards your rent.

LHA is a flat rate allowance towards rent costs, 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 award is worked out on your LHA rate, your income and your savings. You need a valid tenancy agreement.

LHA 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, you can claim Housing Benefit, which is 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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