Local Housing Allowance

People under 25

People under 25

If you are single and under the age of 25 and Local Housing Allowance applies to you, you will only qualify for the Local Housing Allowance rate for shared accommodation.

The rate for shared accommodation is based on the tenant having sole use of a bedroom or bed-sit and shared use of some or all of the facilities for example, a kitchen, living room or bathroom and toilet.

However, this rule will not apply if:

  • you have a partner or
  • you are getting Child Benefit for a child in your care or
  • you qualify for certain disability benefits.

 

 People under 35 from January 2012

From January 2012 the threshold for the Shared Accommodation Rate for single claimants will increase from 25 to 35 years.

This means that the maximum benefit that we can pay a single person under 35 will be limited to the rate for a single room in a shared property or a bed-sit.

However, this rule will not apply if:

  • you have a partner or
  • you are getting Child Benefit for a child in your care or
  • you qualify for certain disability benefits.