To work out how much benefit you might get you need to find out what Local Housing Allowance rate your benefit will be based on.
If you are aged under 35, are single and do not have any dependants, you can only get the Local Housing Allowance shared room rate.
However there are special rules if you are:
- a care leaver aged under 22
- aged 25 - 35 and have previously lived in a hostel
- severely disabled
Brian is single and is 33 years old.
- As he is under 35, he is entitled to the Local Housing Allowance shared room rate.
- When he reaches 35, he will be entitled to the one bedroom rate, provided he rents accommodation of this type.
You also need to find out if you can get the full amount of benefit. The amount of benefit you can get may be affected by:
- any money you have coming in
- any savings you have
- how much your rent is
- if you share paying the rent with someone else
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I understand that single people under 35 are only entitled to the shared accommodation rate of the Local Housing Allowance. Is that right?
A. Yes, your award will be based on the shared accommodation rate.
Q. I am a lone parent who is under 35. Will I be limited to the shared accommodation rate?
A. No. These changes do not apply to lone parents, or to couples. They only apply to single claimants who live alone in private rented accommodation and who are under 35.
Q. I am a council or housing association tenant. Will I have to move to shared accommodation?
A. No. These changes only apply to accommodation rented from a private landlord. They do not apply to tenants of registered social landlords i.e. housing associations
Q. I am a joint tenant in a shared house. Will this change affect me?
A. No. If you are a joint tenant in a shared house living with non family members, you will probably already be getting housing benefit at the shared accommodation rate. If so, you will not be affected by this change.
Q. I have been getting housing benefit at this address since before 7 April 2008. I have been told that my benefit will not be affected by the change. Is this right?
A. If you claimed housing benefit before 7 April 2008, and you have not moved or had a break in your claim since that date, you will not be affected.
Q. I was living in a one bedroom flat with my partner. We have split up and my partner left the property. Will I be affected by the change, and when will I be affected?
A. If you do not have children and your partner has moved out, you will move onto the shared accommodation rate from the Monday after your partner leaves the property.