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Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a way of calculating and paying Housing Benefit for people who rent from a private landlord. It uses a flat rate allowance based on the size of the tenant’s household and the area in which the property is rented to decide the maximum amount of Housing Benefit they will receive. Local Housing Allowance does not take account of how much rent you pay. The rate of LHA that tenants receive will be looked at each year.

Other circumstances, such as the money that the tenant has coming in or other people living in the household, will still affect the amount of benefit paid, so the tenant may not always receive the full rate of LHA.

How do I find out more?

If you have any questions about Local Housing Allowance you can contact us. You can also find more detailed information about Local Housing Allowance on the GOV.UK website in the external links section.

Local Housing Allowance Rates

The following table shows the LHA rates for Carlisle City Council. The Rent Service will provide the Council with the LHA rates on an annual basis.  The rates are effective from the first day of the financial year.

Local Housing Rates

The rates below are effective from 1st April 2017.

Size criteria Weekly LHA Rates Monthly LHA Rates
1 Bed in a shared house £58.90 £255.23
1 Bed self-contained (bedsit or flat) £80.55 £349.05
2 bedrooms £94.39 £409.02
3 bedrooms £112.77 £488.67
4 bedrooms £141.24 £612.04

  Local Housing- FAQ

How much Local Housing Allowance can I get?

The amount of Local Housing Allowance you can get depends on:

  • who lives with you (how many bedrooms your household needs). Foster children will not be taken into account for calculating the Local Housing Allowance rate
  • the maximum bedroom allowance for Local Housing Allowance is 4 bedrooms, even if you need 5 bedrooms or more
  • what money you and your household have coming in
  • what savings you and / or your partner have.

Online Calculator

Select the circumstances which best describe you (and your family, if any) from the list box below and hit the Calculate button.

None of the options above are relevant for me!

First ensure that None of these circumstances" is selected in the list box, and use the boxes below to describe the number of people in your slightly more complex household - no more than 9 members allowed in each category.


maximum allowed bedrooms

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