There are two schemes for working out how much housing benefit or Universal Credit an applicant can get. Most private tenants are assessed under the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules.
Some private tenants will still be assessed under the housing benefit rules. These include:
- protected tenants
- tenants who have been continuously claiming housing benefit since before 7 April 2008 without a change in circumstances.
The amount of housing benefit that a tenant gets under the LHA rules depends on the tenant's age, household size and the area in which the property the tenant rents is located. LHA does not always provide enough housing benefit to cover the tenant's full monthly rent. This section deals with Local Housing Allowance rules.