About Local Housing Allowance
The government sets Local Housing Allowance rates, and we use these to work out your Housing Benefit.
Your Local Housing Allowance rate is based on:
- the area you live in
- the rent rates being paid by other private tenants in the area
- the number of bedrooms you can have in your property
You can use the bedroom calculator to find out how many bedrooms you can have.
You can then use the Local Housing Allowance calculator to find out which rate applies to you.
When we work out your Housing Benefit, the amount you get can never be more than your rent.
We'll review this after one year, unless you have a change in circumstances beforehand.
We usually pay Housing Benefit to you, but in some cases we can make the payment straight to your landlord.
The table below shows how your weekly Housing Benefit depends on the number of bedrooms you can have in your property in Brighton and Hove.
These are the maximum rates we will pay. The actual amount you get will depend on your income, savings and circumstances.
You are in shared accommodation if you:
- share more than one room in your property
- share a kitchen
- share a bathroom or toilet