Local Housing Allowance
also known as: LHA.
Find out about how much Local Housing Allowance you could be entitled to.
Who can claim LHA?
Local Housing Allowance can be claimed by tenants living in
privately rented accommodation who need help with their rent.
How much LHA could you get?
The amount of financial help you receive will depend on the area
where you live, your circumstances and how many bedrooms your
The amount of benefit you get may be affected
- any money you have coming in eg earnings
- any savings you have
- if we expect anyone living with you to pay towards your
- if you share paying the rent with someone else who is not your
The LHA rates for the Northumberland County Council area from 1
April 2014 to 31 March 2015 are shown in the table below.
Northumberland Council consists of four Broad Market Rental
Areas - Northumberland, Tyneside, Durham and North Cumbria.
If you are unsure which area your property falls into either
contact the Benefit Section who will advise you or go to the
website where you can search by
|Northumberland County Council
1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015
(Calendar monthly amount in brackets)
The maximum amount of help you can receive is the four bedroom
rate and there is a maximum amount payable for each property
If you contact the Benefits Section
and inform us of your income and family details we will be able to
provide you with an estimate of your actual LHA award.
How many bedrooms are you allowed?
The number of people you live with is used to work out how many
bedrooms you are allowed. We don’t count other rooms like the
kitchen or bathroom. The number of bedrooms you are allowed is then
used to work out which LHA rate usually applies to you.
Use the bedroom
calculator to work out how many bedrooms you are allowed or
have a look at the info below.
You are allowed one bedroom for:
- every adult couple (married or unmarried)
- any other adult aged 16 or over
- any two children of the same sex aged under 16
- any two children aged under 10
- any other child
- an overnight carer if appropriate (please contact us on 0845
600 6400 for further guidance)
We do not count joint tenants.
It was announced on 12 March 2013, that the rules will
also be clarified for two other specific groups of housing benefit
recipients from 1 April 2013 – foster carers and armed forces
- If you or your partner is caring for a foster child or have
been accepted as a foster carer but have no child living with you
an additional bedroom will be allowed as long as the period without
a child does not exceed 52 weeks.
- Adult children who are in the armed forces and continue to live
with their parents will be treated as continuing to live at home
even when they are deployed on operations. This means that the size
criteria rules will not apply to the room normally occupied by the
member of the armed forces.
How is LHA paid?
Your LHA will be paid into your bank or building society account
if you have one, or by cheque. As a tenant you are then responsible
for paying your rent to your landlord. The Money Advice
Service have produced a guide, Paying your own rent which you
If you are having problems obtaining or managing a bank account
contact us on 0845 600 6400 or one of our local numbers and we
will be able to provide help with this.
In some exceptional cases we may be able to pay direct to your
landlord. For further details about this, please view our LHA Safeguard