The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a new method of calculating housing benefit for private tenants from 7th April 2008.

    Some groups of people will be exempt from the LHA scheme these are listed below:
  • registered social landlord tenancies (these currently only have to be referred to the rent officer in certain circumstances)
  • protected cases, such as supported housing provided by certain local authorities, social landlords, charities and voluntary organisations
  • tenancies which are excluded from current rent restrictions (such as pre-1989 tenancies)
  • exceptional cases such as caravans, houseboats and hostels
  • cases where the rent officer judges that a substantial part of the rent is attributable to board and attendance (e.g. hotel accommodation)

Exempt cases will have their Housing Benefit calculated under the Housing Benefit rules that applied before 7th April 2008.

    People currently getting Housing Benefit will continue to do so under the existing rules until one of the following changes occurs in their circumstances:
  • change of address
  • a break in entitlement to Housing Benefit of at least 1 week
  • entitlement to Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit ends and you are awarded an extended payment

Any claims for benefit outside these circumstances will be dealt with under the LHA rules and assessed against the current LHA rates.

How Much LHA Will I Receive?

The amount of weekly LHA that you get will depend on the level of your income and savings. If you receive income support, Guaranteed Pension Credit or jobseekers allowance (income based) your benefit will be based on maximum LHA.

We may make a deduction from your benefit for any other adults you have living with you.

Work Out Your LHA

The amount of weekly Local Housing Allowance (LHA) that you get will depend on the level of your income and savings. If you receive income support, Guaranteed Pension Credit or jobseekers allowance (income based) your benefit will be based on maximum LHA. We may make a deduction from your benefit for any other adults you have living with you.

    Housing benefit awards for tenants of private sector landlords will now be based on LHA. The LHA will be the maximum figure eligible for an award and is based on:
  • the area lived in

  • the number of bedrooms a claimant and their family needs

  • income and savings

There are three steps to follow to work out your maximum LHA.

Step 1 - Where Do You Live?

Epping Forest District Council will have three Broad Market Rental Areas (BMRAs) each with their own separate LHA rates. To find out which set of rates apply, click on the link to the area in which you live or use the postcode checker below.

Click on the link that relates to the area on the above map:

  1. LHA Area 1 Outer North East London
  2. LHA Area 2 South East Herts
  3. LHA Area 3 Harlow and Stortford

Or select your postcode form the list:


Phone Contact us....


 

Please telephone 01992 564156/564157 and select one of the following options

  1. For a general enquiry
  2. For a specific enquiry about your claim with the Surname A-K
  3. For a specific enquiry about your claim with the Surname L-Z

Email: Benefits

Or you can write to us at:
Benefits Division, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ

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