Local Housing Allowance

If you live in the Leeds area, have a low income and pay rent for your property to a private landlord, you may be able to claim Local Housing Allowance.

From 10 October 2018, you can only make a claim for housing benefit if:

    • You live in supported/exempt accommodation such as a homelessness hostel, a refuge, sheltered housing or accommodation which includes care, support or supervision
    • You have three or more children who live with you
    • You are a pensioner
    • You or your partner get a benefit that includes a severe disability premium, or if the benefit ended in the last month, continue to be eligible for a severe disability premium
    • You live in temporary accommodation provided by the council

    You cannot claim if you have savings over £16,000, unless you receive the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit.

    If none of the above apply to you, you will need to claim Universal Credit.

    More information for Landlords.

    Applying for Local Housing Allowance

    You will need to complete the online benefits e-claim external link. If you need help completing your e-claim, the form includes help buttons which will guide you through the claims process. If you need additional help there are a number of ways you can contact us:

    Call 0113 2224404 to speak to an advisor

    Visit us at any one of our One Stop Centres or Community Hubs and speak to someone face to face

    Alternatively, you can download and print a paper copy of the benefits claim form (PDF, 2.87MB).

    You can get a paper form and hand in a completed form at your local One Stop Centre or Community Hub.

    Local Housing Allowance payments

    The first payment of LHA on a new claim is normally made in the form of a cheque made payable to the landlord and sent to your address. The first payment is usually made this way because it can be for a higher amount than the usual four weekly payment so it makes sure you do not fall into arrears.





Bradford LHA Rates 2017-2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Bradford LHA Rates 2017-2018.pdf283721pdf
Leeds LHA Rates 2018-2019https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds LHA Rates 2018-2019.pdf341462pdf

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