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 by the Rent Service, which provides the "maximum allowance" 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.