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Local Housing Allowance Safeguarding Policy

The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is how we work out the amount of Housing Benefit allowed for people living in private rented sector accommodation.

The Local Housing Allowance scheme has a range of safeguards to protect the interests of tenants and landlords. For example, we can make direct payments to a landlord where the tenant is 8 weeks or more in arrears with their rent, and vulnerable tenants can have their Housing Benefit paid directly to their landlord.

Local Housing Allowance - Safeguards for Tenants and Landlords (158kb pdf)

The Local Housing Allowance Safeguarding Policy is under review.

How to apply for Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support

Use our calculator to get an instant estimate of how much benefit you may be entitled to, then you choose to make a claim.

Calculate and claim Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support

Contact

0300 303 8870

Postal address
Revenues and Benefits Service
PO Box 490
Rochdale OL16 9AJ

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