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Local Housing Allowance Rates

The Local Housing Allowance was introduced from 07/04/2008.

Broad Rental Market Area


Shared Room

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To work out the Local Housing Allowance that will be used to calculate your benefit you need to follow these steps:

  1. Decide which of the 3 Broad Market Rental Areas your property is in (you can click on the map to see a larger image). 
  2. Work out how many bedrooms your household is allowed (see below). 

By household we mean:

  • You
  • Your partner
  • Dependent Children - not including foster children
  • Non Dependants - for example adult children, parents etc. 
  • Boarders and sub-tenants

You are allowed one bedroom for:

  • Every adult couple (married or unmarried)
  • Any other adult aged 16 or over
  • Any two children under age 10
  • Any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • Any other child.
  • A non resident carer providing overnight care to you or your partner

The only exceptions to these rules are:

  • Single Person under 35 - will always receive the Shared Room rate regardless of the type of property they occupy unless they are entitled to the Severe Disability Premium in their Applicable Amount .
  • Single People over 35 - will only receive the Shared Room rate if they live in shared accommodation
  • Childless Couples - will only receive the Shared Room rate if they live in shared accommodation.
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