Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the name for Housing Benefit for tenants of private landlords, on a low income.
The amount of benefit you get depends on:
- who lives with you
- where you live
- how much money you have coming in
- what savings you have
- how much rent you pay
- your age
We’ll automatically assess your claim using LHA rules if we need to.
The following tables show the Local Housing Allowance rates for Cambridge from 1 April 2019.
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How your benefit will be paid
- It will be paid directly into your bank or building society account, if you have one.
- It’s then your responsibility to pay rent to your landlord – if you don't pay your rent, you may be taken to court and evicted from the property.
- You can’t choose to have your benefit paid directly to your landlord (although we can do this if you’re likely to have difficulty paying your rent).
If you don't have a bank or building society account, you may want to set one up. That way you can arrange to pay the rent to your landlord automatically, using a standing order.
You can get advice about opening and running a bank account from any bank or building society. You can also get advice from a welfare organisation such as Citizens Advice.
- If you don’t pay the rent, your landlord may apply to us to have it paid directly to them, or take other action to get their money.
- If you’re in rent arrears, your landlord may go to the courts and ask that you be evicted from your home.
Eviction means that:
- you’ll lose your home
- your benefit may not be paid to you in the future
- you may have difficulty finding new accommodation, as your landlord is unlikely to give you a reference
- you’ll still have to pay the landlord the money you owe and possibly extra money to cover any court costs
- an application for re-housing could be affected as you may be considered to have made yourself intentionally homeless.
Rent Solutions Service
This scheme operates across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and can provide help with issues such as:
- Debt problems leading to rent arrears
- Eviction and Harassment
- Landlord and Tenant Responsibilities
- Property Repairs and Maintenance
- Environmental Health and Housing Enforcement
- Referrals to appropriate Tenancy Support Services
You can contact the service by telephone on 01480 388444, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.