Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a form of Housing Benefit for private tenants.

It does not affect:

  • council tenants
  • tenancies with registered social landlords
  • some supported housing
  • tenancies which started before 2 January, 1989
  • tenancies in caravans, houseboats or hostels tenancies where the rent officer has decided that a substantial part of the rent is for board and attendance

The amount of benefit you are entitled to will be affected by other things. These include:

  • how many bedrooms you are entitled to and which Local Housing Allowance rate applies to you
  • whether anyone living with you is expected to contribute to your rent
  • which area you live in
  • how much money you have coming in
  • what savings you have
  • how much your rent is

What am I entitled to?

The number of people who live with you, together with their age and gender, is used to work out how many bedrooms you are entitled to. An online calculator is available to help you work this out . We do not count other rooms such as a living room, kitchen or bathroom. The number of bedrooms you are entitled to is then used to work out which Local Housing Allowance rate usually applies to you.

Moray LHA Rates

2015/2020 rates  2014/15 rates

We have produced some downloads to help explain different types of claims (pdf), payments to landlords (pdf) and information on paying your rent (pdf).

The fundamental aims of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) scheme are to promote:

Fairness: LHA bases the maximum amount paid to tenants on the size, composition and location of the household. Therefore, two households in similar circumstances in the same area will be entitled to similar amount of benefits.

Choice: Tenants are able to take on greater responsibility and be able to choose whether to rent a larger property, or spend less on housing and increase their available income.

Transparency and simplicity: A clear and transparent set of allowance rates to help tenants (and landlords) know how much financial help is available in advance without the current complicated rent officer referrals system.

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