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Local Housing Allowance rates

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).

Shared Accommodation
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.

Should I get the shared accommodation rate?

1. Choose the shared accommodation rate if:

Choose the shared accommodation rate if one or more of the below applies:

• You are part of a couple, don’t live with dependants and rent a room in shared accommodation
• You are 34 years or younger and single (exemptions for severely disabled people and care leavers under 22 years of age)
• You are 35 years or over, and rent a room for your sole use in a shared accommodation

2. Choose the one bedroom rate if:

Choose the one bedroom rate if:

• You are 35 years or over and rent a self-contained property (e.g. a whole flat or house)
• You are a care leaver under the age of 22 (we may need further information)
• You qualify for the Severe Disability Premium (depends on your disability income and whether you live alone)
• You are 25 to 34 and rent a self-contained property and meet either of the following criteria:

Vulnerable Homeless: You have for a total of at least 3 months (whether or not continuously), occupied as your home, one or more hostels for homeless people; and whilst occupying such a hostel, have been offered and have accepted support services with a view to assisting to be rehabilitated or resettled within the community.

Ex Offenders: The exemption will apply to ex offenders aged 25 or over who are subject to Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).The exemption will only apply if you are a Level 2 or 3 MAPPA offender. If you feel you are eligible for exemption under this rule then please contact your Offender Manager or the Duty Manager at the Probation Services or Police Station.

Please do not: telephone or write to this council with your details, as an exemption can only be awarded by the Probation Services or Police Services completing the appropriate form and sending the form to Southampton City Council through a secure email address.

Rates payable

1. 1st April 2014 to 1st April 2015

Shared accommodation: £ 67.20
One bedroom property: £115.38
Two bedroom property: £154.83
Three bedroom property: £183.46
Four bedroom property: £233.08

2. 1st April 2013 to 1st April 2014

Shared accommodation: £ 64.62
One bedroom property: £115.38
Two bedroom property: £153.30
Three bedroom property: £182.31
Four bedroom property: £230.77

3. 1st April 2012 to 1st April 2013.


Shared accommodation: £ 64.62
One bedroom property: £115.38
Two bedroom property: £150.00
Three bedroom property: £178.85
Four bedroom property: £242.31

Related links

This website
Discretionary Housing Payment
Other websites
LHA Direct

Contact information