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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 2017 to 31 March 2018

DateCategory

Heywood

Middleton

Rochdale and Pennines

WeeklyMonthlyWeeklyMonthlyWeeklyMonthly
Up to 31 March 2018Single person
under 35, shared rate
£50.13£217.23£67.20£291.20£55.90£242.23
1 bedroom£84£364£101.98£441.91£83.91£363.61
2 bedroom£98.96£428.83£119.98£519.91£97.81£423.84
3 bedroom£114.84£497.64£133.32£577.72£113.92£493.65
4 bedroom£143.84£623.31£186.47£808.04£149.59£648.22

Use the calculator on GOV.UK to calculate how many bedrooms you're eligible for under Local Housing Allowance.

See how many bedrooms you can have

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.

Contact

0300 303 8870

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

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