Search for the current local housing allowance rate

The local housing allowance (LHA) rate will be the starting point to work out your housing benefit.

Your claim will be based on the LHA rate applicable for the month in which your claim is made. This rate will not usually change for 12 months unless there is a change in the number of bedrooms required. The amount of benefit you get will depend on your income, savings and circumstances. There will be no change to the way benefit entitlement is calculated.

If you decide to move into a property with a rent that exceeds the LHA, you will need to make up the difference yourself.