If you are renting your property from a private landlord, the Local Housing Allowance is used to work out how much Housing Benefit can be paid:
Local Housing Allowance does not apply to:
• People who rent their home from the Council
• People who rent their home from a Registered Social Landlord or Housing Association
• People whose tenancy started before 1989 or who have a registered fair rent
• People who live in supported accommodation
• People who live in hostels, caravans and houseboats
• It may not apply if your rent includes an amount for meals
Housing Benefit prior to 07.04.08, Local Housing Allowance will only apply if:
• Change address
• Have a break in your claim
The Local Housing Allowance rates are set by the Rent Service and are available on the Southampton City Council website. Please see: LHA Rates.
The Rent Service will provide rates for households that require up to four bedrooms. To find out how many rooms you are entitled to please see: LHA Bedroom Calculator (opens a new page).
Payment of Local Housing Allowance
Housing Benefit which is paid based on Local Housing Allowance will normally be paid directly into your bank account. For payments to go directly to your landlord you will need to fulfil one of criteria detailed in the FAQ below.