Affordability

The cost of housing in London has significantly increased in recent years. The average market rent in Brent is significantly higher than the average Local Housing Allowance rate, making it increasingly difficult to find an affordable home. More affordable rents are known to be found in areas outside of London where the difference between the market rent and the Local Housing Allowance rate is much smaller. For many people, renting a home in the private rented sector outside of London is the only realistic way to find an affordable home.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) Rates for 2017/18

The Local Housing Allowance Rate is used to work out how much Housing Benefit you can get if you rent your home from a private landlord. 

Remember - The LHA rate is the maximum amount of Housing Benefit you can receive. Your Housing Benefit entitlement is calculated based on your household income. If you are affected by the Benefit Cap, you will not receive the maximum LHA rate.

To find out which LHA rate will be used to assess your Housing Benefit claim:

Step 1: Check whether the property you are rent or want to rent is in ‘North’, ‘South’ or ’West’ Brent from the map or enter a postcode.

Step 2: Confirm the number of bedrooms your household is entitled to. To do this, you can use the Bedroom calculator

The average market rent in Brent is significantly higher than the average Local Housing Allowance rate, making it increasingly difficult to find an affordable home. However, we can support you in looking for a home that is affordable and suitable for you.

You can use our affordability map to see which properties are affordable for you in terms of the Housing Benefit that you receive. 

If you are under 35 and single:

If you are under 35 and renting from a private landlord, your Housing Benefit is restricted to the ‘shared property rate’. This means the amount of Housing Benefit that you receive will be equivalent to the local housing allowance rate for a shared room.

  •          The single room rent does not apply to couples or people living with their children.
  •          You may be exempt from the single room rate up until your 22nd birthday if you were in care, or exempt up to your 25th birthday if you are claiming certain health benefits.
  •          If you are 25-35 and have lived for 3 months or more in supported housing or a hostel for homeless people, you may be exempt from this restriction.