What is local housing allowance (LHA)?

Local housing allowance (LHA) is for people on a low income who rent from private landlords. Some tenants are excluded from receiving LHA and the housing benefit rules still apply.

Like housing benefit, LHA is means-tested. You have to provide proof of your:

  • tenancy
  • identification
  • national insurance number
  • finances.

How does LHA differ from housing benefit?

Under LHA, it is easier for landlords and tenants to find out in advance how much help tenants may receive towards their rent. There is no longer a need to wait for a pre-tenancy determination to find out the maximum housing benefit payable.

Who receives LHA?

Only tenants renting from a private landlord get LHA. You don’t get it if:

  • your tenancy started before 1989
  • you live in a mobile home or caravan
  • you live in a houseboat
  • you live in a property in which you are provided with care
  • you rent from a housing association

Tenants currently receiving housing benefit continue to do so unless there is a break in their claim or they move address.


Contact the benefits team

Telephone: 01732 844522