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Local Housing Allowance leaflets

We have produced leaflets giving information about Local Housing Allowance (LHA).Please see our range of leaflets below. These can either be downloaded for reading on-line or for printing in double-sided format.

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The new complete guide to LHA April 2017

Use the link below for the new version of the complete guide to LHA April 2017. This has been updated to reflect current LHA rules and any case law. The guide is gives you useful information about LHA rules for April 2017 to March 2018.

The old complete guide to LHA April 2016

Use the link below for the new version of the complete guide to LHA April 2016. This has been updated to reflect current LHA rules and any case law. The guide is gives you useful information about LHA rules for April 2016 to March 2017.

The old complete guide to LHA April 2015

Use the link below for the new version of the complete guide to LHA April 2015. This has been updated to reflect current LHA rules and any case law. The guide is gives you useful information about LHA rules for April 2015 to March 2016.

The old complete guide to LHA April 2014

Use the links below for the new version of the complete guide to LHA April 2014. This has been updated to include the changes from 4th December 2013:

  • to allow an additional bedroom for a disabled child who cannot share a bedroom with another child and who is on the middle or highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • to exclude an under 35 year old approved foster carer or foster parent from the shared accommodation rate of LHA

The guide is includes information about LHA rules as they were from April 2014 to March 2015.

The complete guide to LHA April 2014

The old complete guide to LHA April 2013

Use the links below for the old version of the complete guide to LHA April 2013. This was updated to include the changes:

  • from January 2013 that abolished LHA anniversary dates; and
  • from April 2013 that allow for April annual review of all LHA rates, mid year rent increases and decreases and changes for foster children and armed forces personnel.

The old complete guide to LHA April 2013

The old complete guide to LHA January 2012

This guide was for the LHA rules as they were from April 2011 until 31 December 2012. Please see the new complete guide to LHA April 2013 above, for the rules as they are now.

Use the links below for the full guide to LHA in detail updated edition for the Apri 2011 and January 2012 changes and accurate up to 31 December 2012.

Changes from April 2011 and January 2012

A shortened version of the full guide without detail

Changes from April 2011 for disabled people with carers who claim

Rights and responsibilities of claimants

Details about claimants' personal responsibility for paying their rent.

Information about LHA for private landlords

Broad Rental Market Areas

A quick guide to the three Broad Rental Market Areas in Merton.

Tenants who are likely to have difficulty in paying their rent -

Information about how we protect vulnerable tenants who cannot pay their rent and prevent arrears for those who won't pay their rent.

Money advice -

Information about managing your money if you are not used to paying bills or you do not know which ones are your priorities.

LHA reviews and appeals -

details of how you can appeal against a decision we have made on your LHA HB claim

Contact us

For more details about our opening hours and how to contact us, go to Merton Benefits Service contact page.

See also

Related websites

LHA Direct website

Contact us

Merton Benefits Service
PO Box 610
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5ZT

Tel: 020 8274 4903
Fax: 020 8545 3960
Email:housing.benefits@merton.gov.uk

This page was last updated on Monday 8 May 2017

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