If your claim is calculated using Local Housing Allowance, the number of bedrooms you need is based on the number, age, sex and circumstances of the people living with you. If you require more than four rooms your Local Housing Allowance will be restricted to four room rate.
The rules allow one bedroom for:
- every adult couple (married or unmarried)
- any other adult aged 16 or over
- any two children of the same sex aged under 16
- any two children aged under 10
- a child unable to share due to disability (DLA Middle/High Care must be in payment for child)
- any other child, (other than a child whose main home is elsewhere)
- a foster child placed with you (or for up to 52 weeks between placements) Foster Carer fact-sheet
- a non resident student son or daughter
- adult children in the armed forces and deployed on operations. Armed Forces fact-sheet
- a carer (or team of carers) who do not live with you but provide you or your partner with overnight care
- a resident carer.
You can calculate how many rooms you are entitled to by visiting: LHA Bedroom Calculator (opens a new page).
For single claimants under 35 years old there will be a "shared" rate of Local Housing Allowance. This rate will also apply to single people over 35 and couples with no other occupiers who choose to live in shared accommodation. See the shared accommodation section below for further information.
Local Housing Allowance rates:
Local Housing Allowance rates are set for 12 months and will change on 1st April each year. This means, irrespective of which month you make your claim in, the Local Housing Allowance figure used will be the annual figure set in the April.
The rate will remain in place until the following April, unless you have a change to your circumstances that warrants a change in the rate used to calculate your entitlement.
Discretionary Housing Payment
If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of restrictions in Local Housing Allowance legislation, you may be able to claim additional help in the form of a Discretionary Housing Payment. To find out more please follow the link at the bottom of the page.