LHA is Housing Benefit for people on benefits or low incomes who rent from private landlords. LHA is based on the number of rooms people are allowed and not how much the rent for the property they live in actually is. The number of rooms allowed depends on who lives with the claimant and so depends on the size of their family.
The maximum amount of LHA paid will depend on:
The number of bedrooms allowed for the claimants family size
The LHA rate for this number of bedrooms for the area the tenancy is in
The allowances that will be set by the Valuation Office Agency every April will be the maximum amounts, the actual amount of entitlement will depend on income, savings and the claimant’s circumstances. The claim will be based on the LHA rate that was set in the April prior to the date of claim, and will be reviewed every following April. There are different rates of LHA for different areas. Ashfield has three different LHA areas, these are called Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMAs)