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Local Housing Allowance (LHA) Rates for Swale

Local Housing Allowance is a new way of working out new claims for Housing Benefit for tenants renting accommodation from a private landlord. All tenants who rent from a private landlord will normally have their new claim for Housing Benefit based upon the Local Housing Allowance. It also affects tenants already getting Housing Benefit who move into accommodation rented from a private landlord. If you live in a housing association property Local Housing Allowance will not affect you.

Please note that the Swale area is covered by LHA rates (Canterbury, Maidstone and Medway).

Your rate is determined by where you live in Swale. For a guide to the rate you'll receive, see our map of Swale LHA rate areas.

A more detailed rate calculator is available on the LHA Direct Site.

Latest LHA Rates for Sittingbourne, Faversham, Sheppey and Maidstone

Important: The rates are now updated annually and will remain unchanged until 31 March 2017.

Sittingbourne/Sheppey

The table below shows the Local Housing Allowance rates for the Medway/Swale BRMA. This covers the Isle of Sheppey and Sittingbourne, including Bapchild and Teynham.

Number of bedrooms Weekly Amount Monthly Amount

Shared room rate

1 bedroom

2 bedrooms

3 bedrooms

4 bedrooms

£65.66

£110.67

£138.08

£153.02

£198.11

£284.53

£479.57

£598.35

£663.09

£858.48

Faversham

The table below shows the Local Housing Allowance rates for the Canterbury BRMA. This area covers the Eastern part of the borough starting from the Faversham side of Teynham.

Number of bedrooms Weekly Amount Monthly Amount

Shared room rate

1 bedroom

2 bedrooms

3 bedrooms

4 bedrooms

£74.62

£123.86

£154.82

£180.45

£280.60

£323.93

£536.73

£670.89

£781.95

£1215.93

North Downs

The table below shows the Local Housing Allowance rates for the Maidstone BRMA. This area covers the villages on the top of the North Downs below the M2 motorway as far east as Doddington.

Number of bedrooms Weekly Amount Monthly Amount

Shared room rate

1 bedroom

2 bedrooms

3 bedrooms

4 bedrooms

£68.28

£123.58

£157.56

£180.45

£235.41

£295.88

£535.51

£682.76

£781.95

£1020.11

More Information

Find out how to work out which Local Housing Allowance rate applies to you:

This information is a guide only, it is not meant to say exactly what your legal rights are. We try to make sure that the information is correct, though it is possible that some ideas may be oversimplified.

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