LHA is the way of working out housing benefit for private tenants.
Anyone who rents their home, from a private landlord, who makes a new application and is entitled to Housing Benefit is paid under the LHA scheme rules.
LHA does not affect the following:
Most people are paid their LHA direct into their bank or building society account by BACS. They can then set up a standing order or direct debit to pay their landlord.
You should be able to open an account either at a bank or building society to get your LHA. For further information on bank accounts please refer to the money made clear website
If you have difficulty opening an account, please let us know as we may be able to help or alternatively contact the Hillingdon Citizens Advice Bureau »
We will review your LHA rate at the beginning of April each year.
Your maximum housing benefit will be the LHA rate that applies for the year. This may mean your benefit increases, decreases or stays the same. This will depend on the LHA rates The Rent Service give us at that time.
This review of your claim will happen automatically, there is no need for you to ask for it. We will write to you to let you know what your housing benefit will be following the review.
Information on how many persons can occupy a bedroom.
One bedroom is allowed for the following:
A new LHA rate normally applies from the Monday after the date of change.
The LHA rates are set by the Rent Officer on 1 April of each year up to a maximum of four bedrooms for each area (known as Broad rental Market Areas). From April 2016 the Government has frozen the LHA rates for 4 years. The rates for 2016/17 are the same as for 2015/16 and they will not change until at least April 2020. LHA rates from April 2016 [25kb]
The LHA rate is based on the number of rooms the household needs, not the number of rooms in the property (although this may be the same). If the LHA is more than the rent charged then the housing benefit will be assessed using the actual rent.
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