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Local housing allowance (LHA) number of rooms calculator

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If you rent your property from a private landlord, before you can use the benefits calculator you will need to know which LHA bedroom rate your household (you, your family and others who live with you) is entitled to.

From 1 April 2011, the maximum amount of bedrooms a customer is entitled to was capped at the four bedroom rate.

Fill out this form to find out your LHA bedroom rate, then look at the table below to find out which local housing allowance rate to use on the benefits calculator form.

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An explanation of the bedroom rules for household groups. One bedroom for each of the following "people units", counting each person only once, in the first group they match. (a) A married or unmarried couple living together as husband and wife or a same sex couple in a civil partnership or living as if they have formed one. (b) Someone who is 16 or over. (c) Two children of the same sex who are younger than 16. (d) Two children who are younger than 10. (e) A child (a 'child' is someone under 16).

An additional bedroom can now be given if a non-resident overnight carer is required for a family member or, a severely disabled child cannot reasonably be be expected to share - but not past the maximum number of four. Also, approved foster carers are exempt from the 'single and under 35' definition.

The following rates apply between April 2018 and April 2019 -

Rates (per week)
Shared accommodation rate £60.80
1 bedroom rate £69.73
2 bedroom rate £86.30
3 bedroom rate £103.56
4 bedroom rate £132.33

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