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Local Housing Allowance Rates

Local Housing Allowance is a way of working out the maximum benefit that might be paid for tenants renting accommodation from a private Landlord.

It only applies to those making claims for Housing Benefit, or those already claiming who move to privately rented accommodation, on or after 7 April 2008.

The tables below shows the Local Housing Allowance rates for the South Hams area.

The Broad Rental Market Area you live in is determined by your postcode - in the South Hams it will be either Devon South or Plymouth.

You can find out which area you are in on the LHA website.

Claims commencing Apr 2021

Broad Rental Market Area

Number of Bedrooms

Devon South

Devon South

Shared accommodation rate£65.00£281.67
1 Bedroom£103.56£448.76
2 Bedrooms£138.08£598.35
3 Bedrooms£168.00£728.00
4 Bedrooms£207.12£897.52


Claims commencing Apr 2021

Broad Rental Market Area

Number of Bedrooms

Plymouth Weekly

Plymouth Monthly

Shared accommodation rate£73.50£318.50
1 Bedroom£103.56£448.76
2 Bedrooms£134.63£583.40
3 Bedrooms£159.95£693.12
4 Bedrooms£195.62£847.69

Please note, monthly figures are for guidance only. Housing benefit is paid weekly.

How many bedrooms am I entitled to?

A rough guide to the number of bedrooms available to you is one bedroom for:

  • Each adult couple
  • Any other adult (aged 16 or over) in the property
  • Any two children of the same sex aged up to 16
  • Any two children under ten
  • Any other child

The maximum number of bedrooms allowed is four.

Please note that single claimants under 35 and single claimants who are joint tenants are covered by different rules. Please contact us to find out more.

How can I make a claim?

To make a claim, or for further advice, please contact us. You can also call us on 01803 861234.

This is only a guide to the amount of help you might get. Housing Benefit is a means tested benefit.

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