We will use your rent less any service charges when calculating your Housing Benefit.
Many rents include services such as:
- water charges
- heating, lighting, hot water, fuel for cooking
- use of a laundry
- care and support.
We cannot usually pay Housing Benefit to cover these charges.
If you are a council tenant we use the actual rent figure, less water rates and any other charges such as garages.
Local Housing Allowance
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a maximum amount towards private rent costs, worked out based on your circumstances (for example, family size) and the broad rental market area you live in.
LHA will apply to you if you are a private tenant and you or your partner are
- entitled and remain entitled to the Severe Disability Premium or
- of pensionable age or
- an existing housing benefit customer who moves to a new address with less than a week’s break in their claim
You can check the LHA rates for you, based on the area you live in.
If the amount of Housing Benefit we award does not cover your full rent, you may be eligible for a Discretionary Housing Payment.
If you would like us to pay your landlord, please complete and return the Direct payments to landlord.
When the form has been completed, please send it to, Housing Benefits section or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Housing benefit and council tax support
Housing benefit section
London Borough of Croydon
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon, CR0 1EA