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Information about Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a way of working out Housing Benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord.

LHA is a flat-rate allowance that is the maximum amount you could receive in Housing Benefit towards rent costs if you rent your property from a private Landlord.

The Rent Service provides each local authority with the LHA rates. These are reviewed from 1 April each year.

See LHA rates for South Somerset.

LHA does not apply to certain tenancy types, for example Housing Associations (Registered Social Landlords). 

LHA is based on household size and make up, the number of bedrooms needed and the area in which you live. The actual amount of Housing Benefit you get will still depend on your income and savings.

LHA will be paid to the tenant, except in cases where tenants are likely to have difficulty in managing their financial affairs, or where tenants have fallen into arrears, See our Safeguard Policy for more information. In such circumstances benefit may be paid to a landlord or agent.

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