Local Housing Allowance rate calculator

Working out what you might get

The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for private tenants is worked out according to:

  • who lives with you
  • which area you want to live in
  • how much money you have coming in
  • what savings you have

The number of people who are included in your claim for LHA will be used to work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to. This number will correspond to the category of LHA you will get.

You can use the rate calculator to find out how many bedrooms you and your family are entitled to under the Local Housing Allowance, and the maximum rate you could get if you claim this month. Please note - this is only a guide and the amount of benefit you are entitled to may be different once you have made a claim and we have all your details.


From April 2011 the amount of housing benefit for new claims will be capped at the rent being charged. For existing housing benefit claims, this change will take effect when your Local Housing Allowance rate is reviewed. You will receive a letter two months before detailing the changes to your Housing Benefit.

Size criteria

You are allowed one bedroom for:

  • every adult couple (same or opposite sex)
  • any other adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children of the same sex aged under 16
  • any two children under age 10
  • any other child 

The four bedroom rate is the maximum LHA rate. If you would like to make a claim for Local Housing Allowance, you can make an online claim or download a form to complete or contact the benefits service on 01273 292000.