## How are Local Housing Allowance rates set?

Local housing allowance amount is based on the area in which claimants live and the size of dwelling appropriate for claimant’s household.

### Are LHA rates increasing in 2021?

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates will remain frozen for another year, a government minister has confirmed. In a statement to parliament, Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, said the rates for 2022-23 will be kept at the “elevated cash rates” agreed for 2020/-21.

#### How do you calculate monthly LHA?

Weekly LHA rate ÷ 7 x 365 ÷ 12 = Calendar monthly LHA rate This is the most you could get under the rules.

What is a local shared accommodation rate?

If you do not live with a partner, the most you can usually get is the rent for a single room in a shared house in your area, even if you do not live in shared housing. This is called the Local Housing Allowance shared accommodation rate ( SAR ).

Who decides Local Housing Allowance?

The Valuation Office Agency Rent Officers determines Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates used to calculate housing benefit for tenants renting from private landlords. LHA rates are based on private market rents being paid by tenants in the broad rental market area (BRMA).

## Does LHA go up every year?

LHA rates. LHA rates are set by the Valuation Office Agency. They were set in April 2012 and are usually increased each April by a percentage set by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The rates have been frozen at their April 2020 level.

### How do the Council calculate rent?

How are Housing Rents Calculated? Council Housing rents are based on a system called ‘differential rents’. This means that the amount of rent you pay depends on the amount of your total household income. If your income increases so does your rent, and if your income decreases, the weekly rent decreases accordingly.

#### Is Local Housing Allowance included in Universal Credit?

If you pay rent to a local authority, council or housing association you will get your full rent as part of your Universal Credit payment. This will be reduced by 14% if you have one spare bedroom, or 25% if you have 2 or more spare bedrooms. This is known as Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy.

What is the 13 week protection rule for tenants?

The 13 week protection rule provides additional financial assistance for tenants living in the private rented sector and in receipt of the housing costs element of Universal Credit. The Discretionary Housing Payment can now be considered for the difference between the LHA rate and their actual rent charge for 13 weeks.

What is differential rent scheme?

Where a fixed rent applies to a dwelling, the rent will be increased by €1.00 per week with effect from the commencement of the Scheme. Tenants on fixed rent will be offered the option of going on to differential rent. This should ensure that rent increases will not entail hardship in any case.

## Is DSS same as LHA?

The conclusion. Did you happen to spot the significant difference between the two? Landlords with DSS tenants on HB have the luxurious option of having payments being sent directly to them, while the new LHA scheme requires the benefits to be sent directly to the DSS tenant.