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:

  • council tenants
  • 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 ie meals and attendance
  • tenants continuously in receipt of housing benefit before 7 April 2008.