Local Housing Allowance

If you are a private tenant renting a property or room from a private landlord, we use  local housing allowance to calculate your housing benefit.

The Local Housing Allowance is based on the number of bedrooms you need. It is not based on how much your rent is or previous years rates.

You can use the Local Housing Allowance bedroom calculator to work out how many bedrooms you need.

If you are single and under 35 you are only eligible for the shared rate allowance where you live.

You can look at GOV.UK for information about the Local Housing Allowance.

Our current Local Housing Allowance rates for 2021/22 are:

Chelmsford

Number of rooms

Weekly rate

Monthly rate

1 bedroom shared accommodation

£90.10

£391.35

1 bedroom

£149.59

£650.00

2 bedroom

£182.96

£795.00

3 bedroom

£226.58

£984.98

4 bedroom

£298.03

£1,295.01

Colchester

Number of rooms

Weekly rate

Monthly rate

1 bedroom shared accommodation

£71.34

£309.99

1 bedroom

£120.82

£524.99

2 bedroom

£158.79

£689.98

3 bedroom

£195.62

£850.02

4 bedroom

£253.15

£1,100.00

Bury

Number of rooms

Weekly rate

Monthly rate

1 bedroom shared accommodation

£82.52

£360.00

1 bedroom

£120.82

£524.99

2 bedroom

£149.59

£650.00

3 bedroom

£184.11

£800.00

4 bedroom

£276.16

£1199.98

Cambridge

Number of rooms

Weekly rate

Monthly rate

1 bedroom shared accommodation

£97.00

£421.49

1 bedroom

£178.36

£775.02

2 bedroom

£195.62

£850.02

3 bedroom

£218.63

£950.00

4 bedroom

£299.18

£1,300.01

These rates apply from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

You can also search for LHA rates by postcode.

 

Benefits Advice

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 557852