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Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the rent figure usually used to work out housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit for most private tenants.

Your LHA rate is based on the number of bedrooms your household is allowed and not on how much your rent is. You can find out your number of bedrooms using the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) room calculator.

Then you need to identify which area your property is located. Teignbridge is split into two parts, known as Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMAs), called Exeter and South Devon.

Looking at this list of post codes you may be able to identify which area you’re in. If not you can visit Understanding Local Housing Allowances rates and broad rental market areas

Exeter BRMA

EX2 7, EX4 1, EX6 7, EX2 8, EX4 2, EX6 8, EX2 9, EX5 5, EX17 3, EX3 0, EX6 6, TQ13 8

South Devon BRMA

EX7 0, TQ9 6, TQ12 6, EX7 9, TQ11 0, TQ13 0, PL20 6, TQ12 1, TQ13 7, TQ1 4,

TQ12 2, TQ13 9, TQ2 7, TQ12 3, TQ14 0, TQ2 8, TQ12 4, TQ14 8, TQ3 1, TQ12 5,

TQ14 9

As part of the response to Coronavirus COVID-19, the Government increased LHA rates from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2021.

These rates will continue from 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2022.

COVID-19 Response LHA Rates 1 April 2020 onwards

Bedroom need

South Devon


1 Bedroom – shared rate



1 Bedroom – own facilities



2 Bedroom



3 Bedroom



4 Bedroom



All figures are weekly. Housing benefit is based on the weekly rent or the LHA rate, whichever is lower.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 15 February 2021