Tenant Information

DSS Rental Information

This site is primarily for DSS tenants or people looking to become tenants using council housing benifit allowanace. The population of the website has started and significant numbers of properties will be added over the next few week, so if we do not have what you are looking for at the moment please look again on a regular basis.

What is the Local Housing Allowance?

If you are renting a property or room from a private landlord, the Local Housing Allowance is used to work out how much Housing Benefit you get.
The amount of Housing Benefit you get will depend on where you live and who lives with you.

Local Housing Allowance rates are set for different types of accommodation in each area. The rates range from a single room in a shared house, up to properties with four bedrooms.

If you have been getting Housing Benefit since before 7 April 2008, the Local Housing Allowance will only apply to you if you:

* change address * have a break in your claim

How much you will get?

Your Housing Benefit will be based on the Local Housing Allowance that applies to you.
The way that Local Housing Allowance rates are worked out is changing from April 2011. You may get a lower amount of Housing Benefit.

If you already receive Housing Benefit, it is important that you consider these changes – especially if you are thinking of moving or signing a new tenancy.

Find out the Local Housing Allowance rates for where you live

Local Housing Allowance rates are published at the end of each month for the following month. For example, the December rates will be made available at the end of November. You can check these locally on your local council’s website or by visiting the Local Housing Allowance Direct website. Checking the rates will help you find out how much help with your rent you might get – before you find somewhere to live. Knowing this will make it easier for you to decide which properties you can afford.
Local Housing Allowance Direct
A to Z of local councils


Local Housing Allowance Bedroom Calculator

The link below can be used to determine your bedroom allowance.

LHA Bedroom Calculator

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