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Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is payable to claimants who live in privately rented accommodation.

With Local Housing Allowance you will get the same amount of benefit as people in the same circumstances as you, regardless of the type of property you live in. You can find out how much Local Housing Allowance you can get before you rent a property, then this amount is paid direct to you.

If you don’t pay your rent you may be evicted from the property.

If your rent is higher than the LHA, you will have to make up the difference. In some circumstances we can pay the landlord with the tenant's agreement. The section below tells you about this.

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