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Local Housing Allowance

​​​Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the way we work out your maximum Housing Benefit if you're a private tenant. The amount of benefit you get will depend on the number of bedrooms you need.

LHA rates are set annually in April by the Rent Service and are based on local rents. We have 3 Broad Rental Market Areas – Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale – and the rates for each of these areas may differ slightly.

Local Housing Allowance rates

From 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

CategoryHeywood weeklyHeywood monthlyMiddleton weeklyMiddleton monthlyRochdale and Pennines weeklyRochdale and Pennines monthly
Single person
under 35, shared rate
1 bedroom£90.90£393.90£138.08£598.35£90.90£393.90
2 bedroom£110.47£478.70£149.59£648.22£103.85£450.02
3 bedroom£136.93£593.36£166.85£723.02£126.58£548.51
4 bedroom£184.11£797.81£218.63£947.40£159.95£693.12

Calculate how many bedrooms you're eligible for under Local Housing Allowance.

Local Housing Allowance bedroom calculator on Directgov

How LHA is paid

We'll pay LHA directly into your bank account unless you're more than 8 weeks in arrears or we consider you to be unable to manage your own payments. It's your responsibility to pay the full rent to your landlord.


0300 303 8870

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Postal address
Revenues and Benefits Service
PO Box 490
Rochdale OL16 9AJ

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