Local Housing Allowance
Helping you pay your rent if you’re claiming Housing Benefit
If you rent a home through the private sector the amount of Local Housing Allowance you’re entitled to is based on the size of your household.
It’s not directly related to the rent that your landlord charges you for the spaces that you occupy. So the benefit received may be lower than the rent you're charged.
You can see the Local Housing Allowance Rates online. It shows how much allowance you might receive depending on how many bedrooms your household needs.
We usually pay the allowance to the claimant rather than the landlord. Sometimes, we can make exceptions and pay the landlord. Information on these circumstances and how to apply for payments to be made to landlord can be found in the safeguard policy below, with application forms.