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Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance

Rates of local housing allowance (LHA)

If you are a private tenant renting a property or room from a private landlord local housing allowance will be used to calculate your housing benefit.

How can I calculate my room size?

View the online bedroom calculator

What is the LA based on?

  • Number of bedrooms you need
  • if you are single and under 35 you are only eligible for the shared rate allowance
  • where you live
  • and not on how much your rent is

Previous years rates

Local housing allowance rates for Braintree District from 1st April 2019

Chelmsford

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £73.28 £317.55
1 bedroom £129.78 £562.38
2 bedroom £160.73 £696.50
3 bedroom £196.58 £851.85
4 bedroom £246.05 £1066.22


Colchester

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £64.78 £280.71
1 bedroom £106.67 £462.24
2 bedroom £136.29 £590.59
3 bedroom £165.93 £719.03
4 bedroom £210.62 £912.69


Bury

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £68.04 £294.84
1 bedroom £105.32 £456.39
2 bedroom £134.00 £580.67
3 bedroom £159.52 £691.25
4 bedroom £222.48 £964.08


Cambridge

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £80.52 £348.92
1 bedroom £133.72 £579.45
2 bedroom £153.79 £666.42
3 bedroom £178.71 £774.41
4 bedroom £238.38 £1032.98