Benefits and support Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules

Your LHA area

Manchester has two LHA areas, based on postcodes.

Southern Greater Manchester

  • All M22 postcodes
  • Most M23 postcodes, except those in Central Greater Manchester
  • Some M19 and SK8 postcodes

Central Greater Manchester

  • All other Manchester postcodes
  • Some M23 postcodes

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) sets the LHA rates every year. If you know the postcode you can check a rate for any address on the government's website.

Local Housing Allowance rates 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Southern Greater Manchester rates

Number of bedrooms Weekly LHA rate Four weekly LHA rate Monthly LHA rate
Shared accommodation £82.82 £331.28 £358.89
1 bed £120.82 £483.28 £523.55
2 bed £149.59 £598.36 £648.22
3 bed £172.60 £690.40 £747.93
4 bed £253.15 £1,012.60 £1,096.98

Central Greater Manchester rates

Number of bedrooms Weekly LHA rate Four weekly LHA rate Monthly LHA rate
Shared accommodation £75.50 £302.00 £327.17
1 bed £138.08 £552.32 £598.35
2 bed £149.59 £598.36 £648.22
3 bed £166.85 £667.40 £723.02
4 bed £218.63 £874.52 £947.40

If you move house, or someone moves into or out of your home,  tell us straight away as we will need to check your LHA rate again. Use our online form:

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