Local Housing Allowance

Housing support for private tenants on a low income

If you're a private tenant renting property or a room from a private landlord and you're on a low income, you may be able to get a Local Housing Allowance (LHA) when you apply for Housing Benefit.

The amount of Housing Benefit you receive depends on:

  • who lives with you
  • which area you live in
  • how much money you have coming in
  • what savings you have

Apply for Local Housing Allowance

Before applying, make sure you have your: 

  • National Insurance number for you (and your partner if applicable)
  • full name and date of birth of everyone in your household
  • landlord's details, the amount of rent you pay and any charges included in your rent
  • your household income, savings, investments and expenses 

Apply for Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance rates

LHA rates are set by the government for different types of accommodation in each local authority area. The rates range from a single room in a shared house up to properties with four bedrooms.

The government’s Local Housing Allowance bedroom calculator can help you work out which rate you are entitled to.

You can also check if you are entitled to benefits using our benefits calculator.

Each local authority is divided into Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMA). Hart falls under two BRMAs – Basingstoke and Blackwater Valley. Basingstoke BRMA covers Hook, Odiham and Hartley Wintney (and villages in the area) and Blackwater Valley BRMA covers Fleet, Church Crookham and Yateley.

Basingstoke BRMA weekly rates:

  • Shared room: £93.51
  • 1 bed: £179.51
  • 2 bed: £218.63
  • 3 bed: £264.66
  • 4 bed: £322.19

Blackwater Valley BRMA weekly rates:

  • Shared room: £110.00
  • 1 bed: £184.11
  • 2 bed: £230.14
  • 3 bed: £298.03
  • 4 bed: £391.23