Anyone who rents their home from a private landlord and makes a successful claim for housing benefit will have their benefit worked out using the local housing allowance rates.
Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out Housing Benefit for private tenants. The Local Housing Allowance rate is set for 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 by the Rent Service, which provides the "maximum allowances" for households:
The current rates per week are :
The maximum rate is four bedrooms, even if a household would be entitled to more than four bedrooms.
If the rent is less than the Housing Benefit, the maximum Housing Benefit will be the same as the rent charged.