Local housing allowance backdating
These figures vary depending on your circumstances.
The amount of benefit may be reduced if there are other adults living in the household, for example non dependant children over the age of 18.
It is only available to people who rent their homes and who are on a low income or receiving benefits.
If you have more than £16,000 in savings then you will not be eligible for Housing Benefit.
However, sometimes we can pay from an earlier date.
The maximum amount of benefit you can get is 100% of the LHA rate, and you would normally get this amount if you were on Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (Income based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income related).
Apply for backdated Housing Benefit We will consider whether you have good cause for not claiming earlier.
Housing Benefit back payments can be paid for a maximum of one month for working age people.
If your rent is more than the LHA rate for your property you cannot get Housing Benefit on the amount of rent higher than the LHA rate.
If you were unable to claim at the correct time due to exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to backdate your Housing Benefit.