The amount of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) you’re entitled to does not relate to your actual rent; it’s based on the number of bedrooms you need in your household.

We calculate your allowance using the appropriate rate when you make your claim. We then reassess your claim after a year, or if your circumstances change.

Current Local Housing Allowance rates

Current Local Housing Allowance rates in York are:

Category Weekly amount Monthly amount
Shared room (S1) £67.09 £291.52
1 bedroom (B1) £98.96 £430.00
2 bedrooms (C2) £123.58 £535.31
3 bedrooms (D3) £141.24 £613.72
4 bedrooms (E4) £200.09 £869.44

How many bedrooms your household needs

Use our bedroom calculator to help you work out how many bedrooms your household needs.

You will need one bedroom for:

  • every adult couple or single tenant aged 35 or over
  • any other adult aged 16 or over (this includes boarders or sub-tenants)
  • any two children of the same sex
  • any two children, regardless of sex, under the age of 10
  • any other child

The number of bedrooms you need may change from time to time, for example when a child reaches the age of 10 or 16 years.

Your entitlement to any Housing Benefit may also be affected by your level of income, or if there are any other adults, or non-dependants living in your household.

Special Local Housing Allowance rates

Special rules apply to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates if you are:

Joint tenants

Joint tenants are those who are not living together as a couple, but share a property and are both named on the tenancy agreement. For each joint tenant, we'll use the LHA rate for your own household, not including any family of the other joint tenant.

Single people

For single people under 35 with no children, we'll use the LHA 'shared accommodation' rate regardless of the type of property you live in; however, there are some exceptions to this.

Single people aged 35 or over and couples with no children

For single people aged 35 or over and couples with no children, we'll use the one bedroom 'self-contained' rate, provided you live in self-contained accommodation.

If you live in accommodation with shared facilities, we'll use the 'shared accommodation' rate.

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