Housing Systems: Combating poverty and sustaining tenancies.
How Much: Local Housing Allowance
The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) scheme was introduced in 2008 - it is the scheme used for assessing how much Housing Benefit a claimant living in privately rented accommodation is entitled to - unless excluded from it.

Note that the proposed Social Housing LHA Cap - which had been due to arrive in 2019 - has been cancelled.

How it Works

How does Local Housing Allowance work?

Who's affected?

Who is excluded from LHA?

Who's Protected?

Who is protected against the LHA for a certain length of time?

Who needs a Bedroom?

The size criteria - what size property does the claimant need?

Shared Accommodation rate

The Shared Accommodation Rate.

How Much Deducted

Impact on HB award.

How Paid

How is LHA paid?

Social 'LHA' Cap

The proposed social housing LHA Cap.

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