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  • LHA/Universal Credit

    What are the next steps with Advance LHA?

    Hi,

    I have tried to research as much as possible, and read a lot of posts on PT. I believe I understand that it IS possible to gain higher LHA rents by having older eligible family members, or for instance, two single mothers both entitled to 2 bed rate.

    What I don't understand it the process of applying LHA in this way under two claims, or is it a joint claim.

    i.e. do I instruct the potential tenants to do a joint application, or do I draw up two tenancy agreements, and they then each apply for their HB/UC relating to this?

    Also what are the pitfalls / common responses from councils that I may need to navigate.

    I've seen Jonathan Clarke mentioned a fair bit, and read some of his replies, but noticed his website says he was too busy (as of 2015) for new clients. Are there any other people that I could speak with on this to find out more?

    Thanks in advance..

    Ben

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    You seem to be assuming it WILL be HB/LHA rather than UC Housing element as it increasingly is. See

    https://www.gov.uk/housing-and-universal...w-to-claim

    For HB/LHA, if it really will be that, best go to YOUR council's website and get THEIR HB application form and see what it says - e.g.

    https://www.slough.gov.uk/benefits-and-mo...pport.aspx


    (Different councils, different forms,,,,).  And feel free to 'phone the HB people (who probably won't talk to you, but you can ask..)


    Just because HB/LHA (or indeed UC/Housing-element..) is awarded doesn't mean the claimant (not you...) will get the maximum amount, nor that the claim won't be suspended/cancelled or indeed you are asked to repay what you got.



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