Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the name for Housing Benefit for private tenants.

Current LHA rates can be found at the bottom of this page.

The amount of LHA you can get depends on:

  • who lives with you and how many bedrooms you need
  • the area you live in
  • what money you have coming in
  • what savings you have

You will be assessed as needing a bedroom for each of the following that you have in your household:

  • adult couple
  • other adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children of the same sex up to the age of 16
  • any two children regardless of sex under the age of 10
  • any other child.

From January 2012, single claimants under 35 years old will be entitled to the one room shared LHA rate.  Single claimants over 35 years of age and couples with no children who are in shared accommodation will also be entitled to the one room shared LHA rate.

The amount of LHA you get does not depend on how much rent you pay

Local Housing Allowance Safeguard policy

The council has a policy for safeguards under Local Housing Allowance (LHA). The safeguards are to prevent tenants getting evicted for rent arrears and to provide some assurances for landlords about vulnerable tenants and those who are unlikely to pay their rent. The policy explains when the council will consider paying LHA to a landlord instead of to the tenant. This policy is available at the bottom of the page.

Local Housing Allowance Rates are published below.

Benefits and Council Tax Enquiries
Tel: 03451 55 11 55 Contact Benefits and Council Tax Enquiries online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

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