Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is effectively the maximum limit of how much Housing Benefit can be paid to people living in private rented accommodation (with a few exceptions). DirectGov provides an LHA Bedroom Calculator.

Housing Benefit falling under the LHA scheme is usually paid direct to the tenant. To pay a landlord direct, vulnerability or the tenant being unable or unlikely to pay must be proved first.

At the rent service website you can search to see which area your home falls into, calculate what level of LHA you are entitled to and see the current rates of LHA. If you already know which area your home falls into, see our rates effective from 1st April 2021:

Leicester and Surrounds Northants Central
Shared Accommodation Rate £78.00
1 Bed Self Contained £103.56
2 Bedrooms £130.03
3 Bedrooms £155.34
4 Bedrooms £205.97
Shared Accommodation Rate £80.00
1 Bed Self Contained £109.32
2 Bedrooms £138.08
3 Bedrooms £159.95
4 Bedrooms £205.97
Northampton Peterborough and Surrounds
Shared Accommodation Rate £89.50
1 Bed Self Contained £126.58
2 Bedrooms £159.95
3 Bedrooms £184.11
4 Bedrooms £234.74
Shared Accommodation Rate £65.59
1 Bed Self Contained £110.47
2 Bedrooms £136.93
3 Bedrooms £159.95
4 Bedrooms £207.12
Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the changes.