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 2017

Chelmsford

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £69.08 £299.35
1 bedroom £126.00 £546.00
2 bedroom £151.50 £656.50
3 bedroom £185.29 £802.92
4 bedroom £231.92 £1004.99


Colchester

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £64.78 £280.71
1 bedroom £103.56 £448.76
2 bedroom £132.32 £573.39
3 bedroom £161.10 £698.10
4 bedroom £204.49 £886.12


Bury

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £64.06 £286.26
1 bedroom £102.25 £443.08
2 bedroom £126.31 £547.34
3 bedroom £150.36 £651.56
4 bedroom £216.00 £936.00


Cambridge

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £80.52 £348.92
1 bedroom £126.05 £546.22
2 bedroom £144.96 £628.16
3 bedroom £168.45 £729.95
4 bedroom £224.70 £973.70