Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out the maximum benefit that might be paid for tenants renting accommodation from a private Landlord.

It only applies to those making claims for Housing Benefit, or those already claiming who move to privately rented accommodation, on or after 7 April 2008.

The table below shows the Local Housing Allowance rates for the West Devon area.

Claims commencing from April 2020

Broad Rental Market Area

Number of Bedrooms

Exeter Weekly

Plymouth Weekly

North Cornwall and Devon Borders Weekly

Exeter Monthly

Plymouth Monthly

North Cornwall and Devon Borders Monthly

Shared accommodation rate£96.66£73.50£70.00£420.01£319.38£304.17
1 Bedroom£131.18£103.56£97.81£570.01£449.99£425.01
2 Bedrooms£156.49£134.63£123.12£679.99£585.00£534.99
3 Bedrooms£189.86£159.95£149.59£824.99£695.02£650.00
4 Bedrooms£253.15£195.62£184.11£1,100.00£850.02£800.00

 

The Broad Rental Market Area you live in is determined by your postcode. You can find out which area you are in on the LHA website

The Local Housing Allowance figure is shown above. This is for information only. LHA payments are made four weekly in arrears.


How many bedrooms am I entitled to?

A rough guide to the number of bedrooms available to you is one bedroom for:

  • Each adult couple
  • Any other adult (aged 16 or over) in the property
  • Any two children of the same sex aged up to 16
  • Any two children under ten
  • Any other child

The maximum number of bedrooms allowed is four.

Please note that single claimants under 35 and single claimants who are joint tenants are covered by different rules. Please contact us to find out more.


How can I make a claim?

To make a claim, or for further advice, please contact us. You can also call us on 01822 813600.

This is only a guide to the amount of help you might get. Housing Benefit is a means tested benefit.