Work out your LHA rate using the Local Housing Allowance rate calculator.If you are single and under 35 you get the shared accommodation rate of LHA no matter what size property you rent.
You will also get the shared rate if you are single and over 35, or a couple without children living in shared accommodation.
There are different rules for backdating claims depending on your age.
Your claim will automatically be backdated for a maximum of 3 months depending on your circumstances. From April 2016 you can apply for backdated benefit for a maximum period of 1 month depending on your circumstances.
How much you get depends on: If you rent from a private landlord, how much you get depends on the Local Housing Allowance.
The amount of Local Housing Allowance may be lower than your actual rent.
You are allowed one bedroom for:- each adult couple- any other adult (aged 16 or over)- any two children under 10- any two children of the same sex under 16- or any other child For example, a couple with one child would qualify for 2 bedrooms.