Local Housing Allowance

If you're a private tenant renting property or a room from a private landlord and you're on a low income - you may be able to get Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

Local Housing Allowance is a national scheme to assist people in the private sector meet the rent of reasonably priced accommodation.

Local Housing Allowance is a new way of working out new claims for Housing Benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord. It also affects tenants already getting Housing Benefit who move into accommodation rented from a private landlord. If you live in council accommodation or other social housing Local Housing Allowance will not affect you.

With Local Housing Allowance, your benefit is not usually based on the property you live in. It is usually based on:

  • Who lives with you
  • Which area you live in
  • How much money you have coming in
  • What savings you have

In some cases the amount of benefit you are entitled to will be affected by other things. These can include:

  • How much your rent is
  • Whether anyone living with you is expected to contribute to your rent

You can get an idea of how much benefit we can pay before making a claim by checking the Local Housing Allowance rates below for the Broad Market Rental Areas for South Oxfordshire. To check which Broad Market Rental Area any individual property may come under you should check the Local Housing Allowance website. This website will allow you to check not only properties in South Oxfordshire, but anywhere in the mainland United Kingdom by entering the postcode. It will also allow you to check the rates for each Broad Market Rental Area on the mainland.

Allowance Rates for 2014

Local Housing Allowance rates for the Reading broad market rental area

Bedroom Category               

Weekly Amount                         

Monthly Amount                    

Shared Accommodation £75.75 £328.25
1 Bedroom £151.50 £656.50
2 Bedrooms £186.47 £808.04
3 Bedrooms £213.26 £924.13
4 Bedrooms £303.00 £1,313.00

Local Housing Allowance rates for the Oxford broad market rental area

Bedroom Category                       

Weekly Amount                       

Monthly Amount                     

Shared Accommodation £80.81 £350.18
1 Bedroom £157.33 £681.76
2 Bedrooms £190.57 £825.80
3 Bedrooms £228.00 £988.00
4 Bedrooms £303.00 £1,313.00

Local Housing Allowance rates for the Aylesbury broad market rental area

Bedroom Category                                

Weekly Amount                      

Monthly Amount                   

Shared Accommodation £72.04 £312.17
1 Bedroom £122.36 £530.23
2 Bedrooms £151.50 £656.50
3 Bedrooms £190.80 £826.80
4 Bedrooms £288.46 £1,249.99

Local Housing Allowance Rates determined by The Rent Service This link will take you to an external website... at the time of your claim to calculate how much benefit you qualify for. The rate you are entitled to may reduce depending on you income, savings and circumstances. The local Housing Allowance is the maximum amount that you can receive. You can email your queries to The Rent Service at NSOhelpdesk@voa.gsi.gov.uk

You will usually have your benefit paid directly into your bank or building society account. It is no longer possible to have your benefit paid direct to your landlord, unless you are considered by the council to be incapable of dealing with your financial affairs for whatever reason, or you are unlikely to pay your rent.

The council has a Safeguard Policy to help make decisions as to whether you will come under either of these categories. View/download a copy of the council's Safeguard Policy from the menu on the right.

Change in circumstances

You need to make any changes in your circumstances relating to a claim for Local Housing Allowance known to us as it may affect the level of your benefit entitlement.

Last reviewed: 28 - 03 - 2014

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