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 2018

Chelmsford

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £71.15 308.32
1 bedroom £126.00 £546.00
2 bedroom £156.05 £676.22
3 bedroom £190.85 £827.02
4 bedroom £238.88 £1035.15


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 £68..04 £294.84
1 bedroom £105.32 £456.39
2 bedroom £130.10 £563.77
3 bedroom £154.87 £671.10
4 bedroom £222.48 £964.08


Cambridge

Number of rooms Rate weekly Rate monthly
1 bedroom shared accommodation £80.52 £348.92
1 bedroom £129.83 £562.60
2 bedroom £149.31 £647.01
3 bedroom £173.50 £751.83
4 bedroom £231.44 £1002.91