People also ask


  • Do you get housing benefit if you rent privately?

  • Most people who rent privately have their entitlement to housing benefit worked out under a system called Local Housing Allowance. The amount of housing benefit you receive under the Local Housing Allowance rules depends on your circumstances and not on the actual rent for the property in which you live.

  • How much housing benefit will I get for rent?

  • You may get help with all or part of your rent. There no set amount of Housing Benefit and what you get will depend on whether you rent privately or from a council.

  • What is the eligible rent amount for private rent?

  • If you rent privately, your eligible rent amount is either your Local Housing Allowance ( LHA) rate or your actual rent, whichever is lower. The LHA rate is based on:

  • How is housing benefit calculated for private tenants?

  • When a private tenant applies for housing benefit, the Housing Executive will normally calculate how much housing benefit that person will get based on the appropriate Local Housing Allowance rate. The Local Housing Allowance rate is almost always less than the amount of rent you actually have to pay.