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Financial advice and emotional support on how you can ease the cost of living squeeze.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is used to work out Housing Benefit for tenants who rent privately.

Managing Benefits using a handheld digital device


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Make and track a benefits claim, report a change of circumstances and upload additional evidence using our Northgate benefits portal.

You do not need to register to use this service.


The LHA rate is the maximum amount that you can receive. How much you get is usually based on (at the date of the claim):

  • where you live
  • your household size
  • your income - including benefits, pensions and savings (over £6,000)
  • your circumstances

The rates then change if a relevant change of circumstance occurs and will be revised on 1 April each year.

As Housing Benefit (HB) is a means tested benefit, proof of all income and capital is still required to enable an assessment of Housing Benefit to take place.

LHA Rates applicable from 1 April 2024

Where you live:

LHA rates for the Cambridge area

LHA rates for Harlow and Bishops Stortford

LHA rates for Stevenage and North Herts

Go straight to our other related services

LHA - Qualification criteria and exemptions
Apply for Housing Benefit
Online Benefit Calculators
Change of Circumstances - Benefits
Discretionary Housing Payment

Additional Information

Housing Benefits section of GOV.UK website (opens new window)