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Local Housing Allowance

What is Local Housing Allowance?

Local Housing Allowance the way of working out new claims for Housing Benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord.  It also affects tenants already getting Housing Benefit who move into accommodation rented from a private landlord or who have a break in the current claim of a week or more.

Local Housing Allowance gives tenants more choice in where they live and it is fairer too.  This is because with Local Housing Allowance:

  • 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
  • you will usually get your benefit paid to you.  It is up to you to pay the rent to your landlord
  • you will find out about your benefit more quickly than before

If you live in council accommodation or other social housing , Local Housing Allowance will not affect you.

With Local Housing Allowance, your benefit is not usually based on the property you live in.  It is usually based on:

  • who lives with you
  • which area you live in
  • how much money you have coming in
  • what savings you have

In some cases the amount of benefit you are entitled to will be affected by other things.  These can include:

  • how much your rent is
  • whether anyone living with you is expected to contribute to your rent

Click here for more information about working out your Local Housing Allowance