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Local Housing Allowance Information

Changes to Housing BenefitChanges to Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit has changed. This means that the amount of Benefit you now get is less than it used to be. Click on the link above to read more.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a way of working out new claims for Housing Benefit. This only applies to people renting their home from a private landlord.

If you live in a housing association property, Local Housing Allowance will not affect you.

If you want to know more about the changes and how they affect you:

What is Local Housing Allowance based on?

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.

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

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