'Shared rate' will only cover payment for the:
The SAR of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is significantly lower than the 1 bedroom LHA rate. It applies to most single people aged under 35 and to anyone who actually lives in shared accommodation, regardless of their age.Back to top
You will probably only receive the Shared Accommodation Rate of housing benefit if the following apply
Some single people under 35 will be exempt from this rule and eligible for self contained accommodation. You could be exempt if you are:
On reaching the age of 22, a care leaver will become subject to the 'shared accommodation rate', provided they are single and have no dependants.
If you are entitled to an additional bedroom allowance because of a genuine and proven need for overnight care to be provided by someone who does not live with you, you will also be exempt.
You may end up with a shortfall between your LHA and the rent you have to pay to your landlord. If you are unable to afford to pay the shortfall you should apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment although applications for this top up payment are not always succesful.
A Discretionary Housing Payment is not a long term solution. If you cannot negotiate a lower rent with your landlord, you may have to consider looking for more affordable accommodation.
If you are having difficulty paying for your home, it is important that you get advice.