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LHA for single people under 35 years

If you are a single person aged under 35 years and you do not have a non-dependant living with you, you will be entitled to the standard rate of Local Housing Allowance for a room in shared accommodation. However, this will be based on a more generous definition than the original Single Room Rent, which limits Housing Benefit entitlement to the rate for a room in shared accommodation. The new rate will be based on properties where the tenant has the exclusive use of only one bedroom and the tenancy provides for the tenant to share the use of one or more of the following:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Room suitable for living in

A severely disabled person under 35 years and a care leaver under 22 years will be entitled to the Local Housing Allowance rate for a one bedroom self-contained property, provided they rent a property of at least that size. For those who qualify for a severe disability premium, they will qualify for the one room rate regardless of the size of their accommodation.

More information regarding these rules and the changes that came into effect from 1 January 2012 can be found in our Changes for people aged under 35 leaflet