Local Housing Allowance
Who is affected by LHA?
LHA is paid to tenants in the private rented sector who claimed housing benefit on or after 7 April 2008.
If you were already receiving housing benefit on 7 April 2008 you will only be affected by the regulations if you:
- have a break of over a week in your claim
- change your address – if you rent a room or rooms this includes a change of room or rooms within the same property
Who is not affected?
The rules do not apply to:
tenants of registered social landlords such as housing associations
protected cases such as supported housing provided by local authorities, social landlords, charities and voluntary organisations
tenants whose tenancy began before January 1989
tenants living in mobile homes such as caravans and houseboats
tenants living in hostels
tenancies that the rent officer considers contain a substantial amount of board i.e. meals and attendance
tenants continuously in receipt of housing benefit before 7 April 2008