How much LHA you are entitled to depends on:
- Your financial situation, including income and savings
- Which area you live in
- Who lives in your household
The decision as to the maximum rate of LHA you may receive depends on the number of bedrooms you are allowed, based on the people that live in your household.
You are allowed one bedroom for:
- every adult couple
- any adult age 16 or over, who is not part of a couple
- any two children of the same sex, whatever their age
- any two children aged under 10, whatever their sex
- any child age 10 or over, where there are no other children of the same sex
- any child, where there are no other children in the household
If you have your own bedroom but share other facilities, such as a living room, bathroom or kitchen, you may only qualify for the shared LHA rate.
If you are part of a couple and have no children living with you, you can get the rate for a one bedroom property, providing that you are renting a self contained property. However, if under the same circumstances you choose to live in a property with shared facilities, you will only qualify for the shared LHA rate.
Following the the result of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review, the age threshold for the LHA Shared Accomodation Rate has been raised from 25 to 35 from 1 January 2012. Therefore, if you live alone and you are aged 35 or over, you can get the rate for a one bedroom property. However, if you live alone and are aged under 35, you can only qualify for the shared LHA rate.
If you live alone and are aged between 25 and 35 and have claimed benefit before 1 January 2012, your claim will be converted so that it is calculated using the Shared Accomodation Rate at some point during 2012/2013.
If you would like further information, please email us. Alternatively, you can contact the benefits team on 01732 876376.