LHA is the scale rate(s) used to work out how much HB you are entitled to if you are renting from a private landlord. regardless of your landlord- private, local authority, housing association- any help that you get to pay your rent will be HB. so yes, the link that i posted applies in all cases.
hm, don''t agree with the CAB at all. when i separated from my ex, i moved out of our (jointly owned and mortgaged) FMH and into a privately rented house. i paid the rent on my own for the most part, but when my wages reduced slightly, i made an application for HB and was awarded a small amount each week. the council knew all of my circumstances. also, a friend of mine was in an identical situation (left FMH and started privately renting) and she has been claiming HB for well over a year now pending the outcome of the Ancillary Relief hearing. again, the council are well aware of the situation with her FMH and are periodically reviewing her application. these are two different LAs, by the way.
i wonder if the CAB are getting their wires crossed somewhat regarding the availability of council/housing association homes in your situation? it''s certainly true that you would be unlikely to secure yourself social housing when you have essentially made yourself homeless. really, this is the only thing i can think that they might be referring to.
hopefully the council will put your mind at rest. i will say, though, that the first person i spoke to at my LA was not fully aware of the rules so do be armed with the HB regulation/schedule that i quoted.
Well, I went into the Council and spoke to a very helpful lady.
She said that there would be no problem with claiming housing benefit, as long as the financial situation was being sorted out. I asked whether there was a time limit on it because I had read about 26 weeks and she said there wasn''t. The claim would be reviewed regularly and as soon as settlement took place any money would be taken into account then. She said I would be entitled as long as necessary.
She even pointed me in the direction of other help I may be able to get, such as discretionary housing payments and utilising a deposit scheme that the Council runs.
However, she worked out that I would only be entitled to claim for the 3 bed rate whereas the LHA calculator says the 4 bed rate because of the range of ages.
great news, i''m really pleased for you. hope you can find somewhere for you and your children soon.
just a quick tip: when you apply for housing benefit, provide copies of your latest mortgage statement and a copy of any letters that you have from solicitors, estate agents or the mediation service to show that the financials are being dealt with. this will save you from delays later on. expect to have to fill in additional forms as well about your FMH. also (and this is a good one to keep in mind with private landlords), if there is a delay in your claim being decided, you can request interim payments of HB pending the final award. in my experience, it''s not something that councils are quick at disclosing but it can be helpful if you have a landlord breathing down your neck.