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If you're renting a home from a private landlord and you're on a low income, you may be able to claim housing benefit.
Housing benefit for private tenants is called Local Housing Allowance (LHA).
LHA can help towards the cost of rent, but it doesn't cover charges for heating, hot water, lighting, laundry or cooking.
How LHA is calculated
The rate of LHA you receive depends on the area you're living in, and the number of rooms you need. This makes sure people living in the same area as you under the same circumstances get the same amount of support.