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The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) Cap

From April 2016 the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit housing costs element in the social housing sector will be capped at LHA rates for new tenancies. This means that if you need to claim either of these and your rent and eligible service charges are higher than the LHA rate for your property size, from April 2018 you may have a shortfall between your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing costs element and your rent. You will be required to make up any difference yourself. The LHA cap will be imposed regardless of whether you are working age or of state pension age.

In addition, if you are single and aged under 35, under the LHA cap you will only be entitled to the shared accommodation rate of LHA.

Current LHA rates can be found on the Local Housing Allowance rates page of the local government website.

You can calculate which rate of LHA would apply for your family type on the Directgov LHA bedroom calculator.

LHA and the removal of the spare room subsidy (Bedroom Tax)

Under the LHA cap, your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing costs element is calculated in relation to how many rooms you require, not the size of the property you are occupying.

If you are under occupying your property, and the potential reduction in your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing costs element due to under occupancy is higher than any potential shortfall as a result of the LHA cap, then the under occupancy reduction will apply. However, if the potential reduction in your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing costs element under the LHA cap is higher than any potential reduction for under occupancy, then the LHA cap will apply.

The LHA cap and your responsibilities

This information is correct at time of publication (September 2016) and is provided with the intention of allowing you to make an informed decision in relation to any potential allocation of a property in the future. You should also take the LHA cap into consideration when expressing interest in properties through Homesearch.

In addition to the LHA cap, the government continues to introduce other changes to benefits as part of its ongoing programme of welfare reform. You can find out further information in relation to benefit changes at GOV.UK.

Immediately Available Properties

You could move into one of our immediately available properties straight away - with no deposit to pay and a tenancy for as long as you like.

Immediately available properties are available to working single people, families and couples and are not advertised on the weekly Homesearch cycle, but you still get all the advantages of being a WDH tenant.

More information on Immediately Available Properties

Homesearch is the lettings service provided by WDH. Each week WDH advertise all our available properties and properties from other Registered Social Housing Organisations here on the Homesearch website and at WDH Service Access Points (SAPs) giving you all the information you need about a property to help you decide if you would like to apply for it.

To apply for properties you must be registered as a Homesearch member. If you are already registered you can express an interest for homes through the internet, telephone, text message or in person. If you are not registered and wish to join, you can complete a form at any Service Access Point, by phoning 0344 9 02 02 02, or apply online by clicking the Apply Online button below.

If it's your first visit here, you may want to have a look at the 'How it works' page in order to familiarise yourself with the process. Otherwise please select a button below to get started.

Important Information:

WDH will now occasionally add properties to an open cycle. Properties may be added up to 4.30pm on Friday, but not after this time. A notification will be displayed on the main Search page showing any properties which have been added since the cycle opened. If you wish to be considered for one of the added properties, you will need to log in and express an interest in all the properties you want, not just your new choice.

Please Note: WDH will suspend your Homesearch membership if you refuse two reasonable offers of accommodation within a twelve month period. Please make sure you only express an interest in properties you wish to live in.