Local Housing Allowance in Brighton & Hove
In Brighton & Hove, all private sector tenants have their housing benefit calculated using the Local Housing Allowance (LHA). LHA refers to different categories of allowance which relate to different sizes of property. Tenants with similar circumstances are entitled to the same category of LHA, regardless of how much rent they actually pay. You cannot receive more than your rent. If you currently receive more than your rent, this will stop when your claim is reviewed.
Local Housing Allowance rate calculator - Private tenants only
The category that a tenant is entitled to depends on the number of occupiers within a household - further details about the criteria to work these out are available here.
The actual amount claimants will be entitled to will depend on income, savings and circumstance. The claim is based on the rate for the month the claim is made and will be reviewed after a year, unless there's a change in circumstances. LHA is usually paid directly to the tenant. In some circumstances payments can be made directly to the landlord. Information on how to apply for payments to be made to the landlord can be found on our LHA payments page.
Go to the Housing Benefit changes for private tenants webpage for more information, and our benefit changes section for information on other changes.