The current local housing allowance rates (LHA) for this year for Portsmouth are in the table. The amounts are based on the rents that most people pay in the Portsmouth City Council area, and are valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
If your rent is lower than the LHA rate, you will only be entitled to your rent, not more. If your rent is higher than the LHA rate, it is your responsibility to make up any shortfall.
You could receive up to the amount in the table below, but it may be less than this, depending on the amount of money you have coming in.
Local housing allowance may not cover all your rent.
The table below shows the weekly housing allowances for different types of accommodation:
|Type of accommodation||Weekly local housing allowance|
| One bedroom property
| Two bedroom property
| Three bedroom property
| Four bedroom property
Your local housing allowance rate is valid from 1 April to 31 March. If your landlord changes your rent mid-year, your entitlement to local housing allowance can be reassessed. However, you still won't receive any more than the maximum shown in the table for the number of bedrooms applicable to your household.
If your rent is increased, but it was already above the maximum LHA you are entitled to, there is no need to reassess.