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Local housing allowance

If you rent from a private landlord, the amount of housing benefit you can claim is set independently, and is called local housing allowance (LHA).

The amount of LHA depends on how many bedrooms you are entitled to and the maximum rent allowed for properties where you live.

If you are single and under 35, you are only allowed to claim LHA at the rate for a room in shared accommodation.

The current weekly LHA rates in Leicester are:

Type Price
Shared room rate £78
One bed £103.56
Two bed £130.03
Three bed £155.34
Four bed £205.97

If your rent is more than the LHA rate you will have to pay the difference. If your rent is less than the LHA rate the maximum you receive will be the amount of your rent – not the full LHA rate.

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