Local Housing Allowance is a new type of Housing Benefit that came into effect on 07 April 2008.
If you have never claimed Housing Benefit before, you will be assessed under the Local Housing Allowance rules. You will also have to claim under these rules if you are already getting Housing Benefit but you:
- Move address to another property rented from a private landlord (even if you have the same landlord)
- Have a break in your Housing Benefit entitlement of a week or more
If you live in a property owned by a registered social landlord (for example a housing association property), these new rules will not affect you.
For other related pages on Local Housing Allowance, please follow the links on this page.
For more information on Local Housing Allowance, please contact the Benefits Service.