Under Local Housing Allowance rules, single people aged under 35 with no children, who are living in private rented accommodation, are normally assumed to be living in shared accommodation.
This means the maximum amount of rent that can be used in their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit calculation is based on the cost of renting a room in a shared house or flat in their area even if they live in a self-contained property.
If you live in shared accommodation, sharing some or all of the facilities in the property you rent with someone other than your partner, the Local Housing Allowance shared accommodation rate will always apply.
If you are single and under 35 with no children, and you rent from a local authority or housing association you are currently not affected by the shared accomodation rate as Local Housing Allowance rules do not apply in social housing.
People signing tenancies since 1 April 2016 may be affected if they are claiming Housing Benefit when the shared accommodation rate is brought in for social housing tenants from 1 April 2019.
If you are claiming Universal Credit when the shared accommodation rate is brought in for social housing tenants you will be affected regardless of when you signed your tenancy.
Even if you are single and under 35 with no children, your Local Housing Allowance will not be restricted to the shared accommodation rate, if you: