Housing Benefit - Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

Single People and Joint Tenants

Single people under 35

If you are single, live on your own and under the age of 35 you will be entitled to the shared accommodation rate of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) no matter what size of property you rent.  However, there are some exceptions to this rule, for further information on this please click here (PDF, 30.26KB, 2 pages). 

Single people over 35 years old and couples with no children

If you are single and aged over the age of 35 or a couple with no children you will get the one bedroom rate of LHA , provided that you rent a property of at least this size and that it is self contained.  This means that the accommodation has its own bathroom/toilet and kitchen and that these facilities are not shared by anyone else other than you and your household.  If the property is not self contained for your exclusive use you will only be entitled to the shared accommodation rate of LHA.

Joint tenants

Some people rent properties with another person (who are not a couple).  In these cases joint tenants will receive a rate of LHA based solely on the claimants family plus any non-dependants that the claimant has.  In the situation where the joint tenant(s) are living in the property with no additional family or non-dependants, they will be entitled to the shared accommodation rate.