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Working out your Local Housing Allowance

To work out how much benefit you might get you need to:

  • work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to
  • check the rates for the area you want to live in (click here for the rates for 2015/16)
  • find out if you can get the full amount of benefit

How many bedrooms are you entitled to?

The number of people who live with you is used to work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to.  Rooms such as living rooms, kitchens or bathrooms are not counted.

The number of bedrooms you are entitled to is then used to work out which Local Housing Allowance rate applies to you.

You can use the following information as a guide to work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to.  In some cases however there are extra rules, these are detailed below:

You are entitled to one bedroom for

  • every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • any other adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • any two children aged under 10
  • any other child

What else might affect the Local Housing Allowance rate?

There are extra rules if you are:

If you are a joint tenant this may affect the amount of benefit that you can get.  Also if you share a property with someone who is not part of your family, your benefit may be reduced.  This is because we may expect them to pay towards your rent.  Please contact us for further information about this.