Benefits and support Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules

How many bedrooms do you need?

The number of bedrooms the rules say you need may be different from the number of bedrooms in your home. There are different rules for single under-35s.

Unless you are single and under 35, the rules say you are allowed one bedroom for each of these:

  • a couple
  • a single adult or young person aged 16 or over
  • two children under ten of either sex
  • two children under 16 of the same sex
  • any other child
  • a carer providing you or your partner with regular overnight care but not living with you
  • a child with a severe disability who can’t share a room
  • a foster child (or children) - if you’re an approved foster carer but waiting for a child to be placed you can count an extra room for them for up to 52 weeks.
  • a former non-dependant (usually a son or daughter) who is a member of the armed forces but away on operations and intending to return.

Once you have worked out the rules you can check your rate online at the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website


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