Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is housing benefit for people who rent a home from a private landlord.
The LHA you will be entitled to depends on how many bedrooms are needed to accommodate your household.
You are entitled to one bedroom for each of the following, up to a maximum of four bedrooms:
We may be able to allow an extra bedroom if you:
You may also be entitled to an extra bedroom if you or your partner need separate bedrooms because of a disability.
An extra bedroom will not qualify for LHA if it is used by a child who normally lives elsewhere under the responsibility of another adult.
For more information please see the Local Housing Allowance website.
The amount of LHA you are entitled to may also be affected by:
If your rent is more than your LHA rate you will have to pay the difference or seek cheaper accommodation.
The weekly / monthly rates for Local Housing Allowance in the Vale of White Horse from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 are as follows:
Broad rental market area – Oxford
Broad rental market area – Swindon
LHA is usually paid via your bank account and will then need to paid as rent to your landlord.
The easiest way to do this is to set up a direct debit or standing order from your account to theirs – visit the Money Advice Service for information on getting a bank account if you do not already have one.
If we believe that you have difficulty managing your finances, or are unlikely to pay your rent, we may choose to pay your LHA directly to your landlord – for more details please see our LHA Safeguard policy.
There are many organisations that can give you advice about debt and money problems. Some are listed below: