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Notes about "eligible" rent »
Council and Housing Association Tenants
If you are a Council tenant or Housing Association tenant your "eligible rent" in this calculation will normally be same as the rent you pay to the Council or Housing Association - although it will not include any optional service charges.

From April 2013 Council or Housing Association tenants might get less help with their rent if their home is larger than they need. This is based on the number of people in the household and the number of bedrooms it has. The calculator will work this out for you when you answer the questions on the 'Household' page.
Private Tenants
If you or you partner are Private Tenants your "eligible rent" in this calculation will be decided using the Local Housing Allowance (LHA for short). You will need to find the appropriate LHA rate for your household size and use this figure in the calculator. For more information about this click here: »LHA Information
Private Tenants under 35
If you are private tenant who is:
single | in good health | aged under 35 | with no children…
your rent in the HB calculation also uses the LHA (see LHA link above) but is restricted to the "Shared Room Rate" for your area. You will need to find the appropriate LHA rate and use this figure in the calculator.
Notes about partners »
"Partners" means two people of the same or opposite sex who live together in a couple relationship. It makes no difference whether you are married, unmarried, civil partners or not.
Notes about Childcare »
»Click HERE for more info about childcare charges


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