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Working out your Local Housing Allowance

To work out your Local Housing Allowance amount you first need to work out how many bedrooms your household needs. Each of the following is classed as needing one bedroom:

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

If you are under 35, single and without children you are assessed as needing a bedroom in a shared home whether you share a home or not.

How many rooms are single tenants living in bed-sit or studio accommodation entitled to?

Where a tenant doesn't have exclusive use of more than one room and shares a kitchen, a room suitable for living in, a bathroom or a toilet, then the Local Housing Allowance rate will be based on a 'shared accommodation rate'.

What if I have fewer rooms than Local Housing Allowance says I need?

Local Housing Allowance is only based on the number of rooms you are deemed as needing and not the number of room that are in the property.

Joint Tenants

If you are a joint tenant this may affect the benefit you can get. Please contact us for more information.

Working out the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) figure for your property

To work out the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) figure for your property, you need to follow two simple steps:

  • Use the Directgov LHA bedroom calculator. This will tell you how many bedrooms your Local Housing Allowance rate will be based on. This depends on the number, and circumstances, of people in your household.
    Please note: If you are under 35, single and without children you are assessed as needing a bedroom in a shared home whether you share a home or not.
  • Then use the Directgov Find LHA rates form - enter in how many bedrooms you are entitled to, then type in your postcode.

Remember - once you have worked out your LHA rate, you can then find out if you would qualify for Housing Benefit.