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LHA rates - how we calculate them

Updated: 26 Feb 2017
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2016 LHA rate will remain at the 2015 LHA rate or the 30th percentile of local market rents, whichever in the lowest value. The purpose of this is to exert downward pressure on rents by reducing the growth in Housing benefit expenditure.
More information is available on these methods of calculation below.
The tables below indicate which method was applied to calculate each LHA rate.

BRMA 1 South

Number of bedrooms 2015 LHA rates 30th percentile rate for 2016 2016 LHA rate Method of calculation
Single Room £45.80 £50.80 £45.80 Frozen at 2015 rate
1-Bed £60.68 £58.72 £58.72 Decreased by 30th percentile
2-Bed £80.43 £79.99 £79.99 Decreased by 30th percentile
3-Bed £88.44 £90.53 £88.44 Frozen at 2015 rate
4-Bed £99.58 £103.31 £99.58 Frozen at 2015 rate

BRMA 2 North

Number of bedrooms 2015 LHA rates 30th percentile rate for 2016 2016 LHA rate Method of calculation
Single Room £38.19 £37.90 £37.90 Decreased by 30th percentile
1-Bed £69.45 £65.47 £65.47 Decreased by 30th percentile
2-Bed £83.32 £83.17 £83.17 Decreased by 30th percentile
3-Bed £89.42 £90.26 £89.42 Frozen at 2015 rate
4-Bed £97.66 £97.86 £97.66 Frozen at 2015 rate

BRMA 3 Lough Neagh Lower

Number of bedrooms 2015 LHA rates 30th percentile rate for 2016 2016 LHA rate Method of calculation
Single Room £43.63 £45.80 £43.63 Frozen at 2015 rate
1-Bed £66.94 £68.14 £66.94 Frozen at 2015 rate
2-Bed £77.92 £78.81 £77.92 Frozen at 2015 rate
3-Bed £89.43 £92.34 £89.43 Frozen at 2015 rate
4-Bed £106.83 £106.90 £106.83 Frozen at 2015 rate

BRMA 4 North West

Number of bedrooms 2015 LHA rates 30th percentile rate for 2016 2016 LHA rate Method of calculation
Single Room £50.52 £50.76 £50.52 Frozen at 2015 rate
1-Bed £74.31 £77.24 £74.31 Frozen at 2015 rate
2-Bed £89.53 £93.91 £89.53 Frozen at 2015 rate
3-Bed £99.60 £100.54 £99.60 Frozen at 2015 rate
4-Bed £108.13 £110.86 £108.13 Frozen at 2015 rate

BRMA 5 South West

Number of bedrooms 2015 LHA rates 30th percentile rate for 2016 2016 LHA rate Method of calculation
Single Room £45.70 £50.77 £45.70 Frozen at 2015 rate
1-Bed £60.69 £59.40 £59.40 Decreased by 30th percentile
2-Bed £76.07 £79.35 £76.07 Frozen at 2015 rate
3-Bed £87.10 £89.09 £87.10 Frozen at 2015 rate
4-Bed £96.79 £100.70 £96.79 Frozen at 2015 rate

BRMA 6 South East

Number of bedrooms 2015 LHA rates 30th percentile rate for 2016 2016 LHA rate Method of calculation
Single Room £52.09 £53.69 £52.09 Frozen at 2015 rate
1-Bed £78.97 £77.96 £77.96 Decreased by 30th percentile
2-Bed £93.09 £93.61 £93.09 Frozen at 2015 rate
3-Bed £102.92 £103.42 £102.92 Frozen at 2015 rate
4-Bed £120.93 £130.39 £120.93 Frozen at 2015 rate

BRMA 7 Lough Neagh Upper

Number of bedrooms 2015 LHA rates 30th percentile rate for 2016 2016 LHA rate Method of calculation
Single Room £48.45 £52.16 £48.45 Frozen at 2015 rate
1-Bed £69.85 £71.73 £69.85 Frozen at 2015 rate
2-Bed £85.70 £88.22 £85.70 Frozen at 2015 rate
3-Bed £93.27 £94.94 £93.27 Frozen at 2015 rate
4-Bed £104.86 £104.48 £104.48 Decreased by 30th percentile

BRMA 8 Belfast

Number of bedrooms 2015 LHA rates 30th percentile rate for 2016 2016 LHA rate Method of calculation
Single Room £42.15 £43.25 £42.15 Frozen at 2015 rate
1-Bed £83.65 £85.74 £83.65 Frozen at 2015 rate
2-Bed £92.44 £93.56 £92.44 Frozen at 2015 rate
3-Bed £101.90 £103.38 £101.90 Frozen at 2015 rate
4-Bed £118.51 £126.50 £118.51 Frozen at 2015 rate

Notes

30th percentile of market rents

The 30th percentile figures shown here are derived from twelve months worth of lettings information, collected from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015.
This means that in each market area, if there were 100 properties available for letting of the appropriate size, the LHA would be based on the 30th lowest rent charge of those 100 properties. In other words tenants who receive LHA should have access to the bottom 30% of the market.

Map of Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMAs) in Northern Ireland

Map showing the eight Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMAs) in Northern Ireland