About local housing allowance
Local housing allowance (LHA) is the way of working out housing benefit for people who live in privately rented accommodation.
LHA is a flat rate allowance based on the size of the household (not the size of the property) and the area in which a person lives.
Each local authority is divided into Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMA). The council has 3 Broad Market Rental Areas. The Rent Service sets individual local housing allowance rates for up to a maximum of 4 rooms in each of the BRMA areas.
If a customer finds a property that they like with a rent that exceeds their LHA they will need to make up the difference themselves. But if a customer finds somewhere with a rent below their allowance, we will only pay LHA up to the amount of rent they have to pay.