Housing benefit changes from January 2012: Reductions in LHA if you are under 35
If you are under 25 years old and renting from a private landlord or letting agent, you are probably only entitled to enough benefit to cover the cost of renting a single room in a shared house, even if you are renting self-contained accommodation.
If you are over 25, the maximum amount of housing benefit you can receive may also be restricted if you are living in shared accommodation.
From January 2012, these rules will apply to people aged up to 35 years. This will mean that, unless you are already in shared accommodation, you will see a cut to your LHA payment if you are aged under-35. You may no longer be able to afford your current property as a result. You may have to find shared accommodation, or a cheaper alternative.