Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is used to work out how much Housing Benefit we can pay for private tenants to rent their homes

Housing Benefit is usually paid direct to the person claiming.

We don't use LHA to work out your housing benefit if your tenancy started before 1989 or your home is a caravan, mobile home or houseboat.

What you'll get

The amount of LHA rate you get is based on the number of bedrooms your household needs.

How we work out how many bedrooms your household needs

A bedroom for:

  • each person or couple over 16
  • two children under 16 of the same  sex
  • two children under 10 regardless of sex
  • any other child

And an extra room for a disabled tenant or partner who needs a non-resident overnight carer.

Use the bedroom calculator on GOV.UK to work out how many bedrooms your household needs.

LHA rates for Bristol, from 1 April 2024
BedroomsWeekly rateFour weekly rateMonthly rate
Shared room (single under 35 rate) £117.68 £470.72 £509.95
1 bedroom £207.12 £828.48 £897.52
2 bedrooms £252.00 £1,008.00 £1,092.00
3 bedrooms £299.18 £1,196.72 £1,296.45
4 bedrooms £425.75 £1,703.00 £1,844.92

The shared room rate will apply to most single people under 35, even if you live in self-contained accommodation.

The rate of LHA may change if you move or the number of bedrooms you need changes.