LHA Rates from April 2024

These have now been published.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) determines the maximum financial support available for renters in the private rented sector.

On 22 November 2023 the Chancellor announced in the Autumn Statement that the government will raise LHA rates in Great Britain to the 30th percentile of local market rates in April 2024.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) uses LHA rates to calculate the maximum housing support for claimants of either the housing element of Universal Credit or Housing Benefit. LHA rates are set within Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMA).

A BRMA is an area within which a person could reasonably be expected to live, taking into account access to certain facilities and services, for example with regards to health and education. Within each BRMA there are 5 LHA rates:

  • Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR)
  • 1 bedroom rate
  • 2 bedroom rate
  • 3 bedroom rate
  • 4 bedroom rate
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