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Changes to Housing Benefit (or housing element of Universal Credit)
After the 1st April 2016 if you have signed a new tenancy the amount of Housing Benefit [or the Housing element of Universal Credit] that you may receive from 1st April 2018 could be restricted.
This is because if you rent from a local authority, a registered housing association or other registered social landlord the amount of Housing Benefit [or the housing element of Universal Credit] you will receive will be capped to the relevant Local Housing Allowance rate for your household size that currently applies to private sector tenants.
The Local Housing Allowance rates for your area can be found at
If you are under 35 years old and do not have any dependent children living with you, your eligible rent will be capped to a shared accommodation rate even if you do not share your home with anyone else. The rate for your area can be found at http://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/Search.aspx
If you are also affected by the “bedroom tax” and if the difference between your rent and the relevant Local Housing Allowance rate for your household is higher than the reduction for under-occupied bedrooms, only the cap will apply. Similarly, if the reduction for “bedroom tax” is higher than the relevant Local Housing Allowance rate for your household, only the reduction for under-occupied bedrooms will apply.
Please note – in all cases, you will only receive one reduction.
If you sign a new tenancy or renew a tenancy after 1 April 2016 you will need to think about whether the rent you pay in the social sector is higher than that allowed for private rented sector tenants.
In particular, if you are in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit on or after 1 April 2018, you will need to consider how your will afford any shortfall in your rent. The website links above will help you to determine whether your rent is above the Local Housing Allowance rates for your area.
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Movemaker is a new app and website that has been designed to make it easier for social housing tenants to swap their homes through mutual exchange.
If you're a resident and wanting to move, you can register to use Movemaker! Download the appto your apple or android smart phone or tablet, or register on-line http://www.movemakerapp.co.uk It's free to download and use!