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 in Housing Benefit even if you are not under 35 year's old. This isn't the case in Universal Credit, if you are 35 or older you will get the 1 bed rate of LHA even if you live in shared accommodation.
If you are single and under 35 with no children, and you rent from a local authority or housing association you are not affected by the shared accomodation rate as Local Housing Allowance rules do not apply in social housing.
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: