From April 2019, anyone claiming Housing Benefit in respect of their home, which they rent from a Housing Association, where their tenancy commenced or was renewed after 1st April 2016, would have their entitlement capped at the appropriate Local Housing Allowance rate for the size of property they need under LHA rules.
This includes the shared accommodation rate of LHA for most single claimants living alone under the age of 35, who could have their Housing Benefit capped at around £58 or £69 per week depending upon where in the borough they live.
If you are moving home or renewing your tenancy after 1st April 2016 you need to know how your entitlement to Housing Benefit could change from April 2019, even if your circumstances do not change during the period in between. It is not yet known if there will be any exemptions from this change to the rules, for certain groups (e.g. pensioners etc.)
Are there any exceptions to this rule?
Supported Housing will not be affected by this restriction in the manner described above, as there is a separate review underway into how Supported Housing is funded.