LHA Move within the same property

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    dannyrobinson
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    Hello
    I have a claim for a customer who was renting a room from her Grandad for herself and her child.

    The property has now been converted and she is living in a self-contained unit with her own street entrance…although there is a locked connecting door.

    Customer’s rental liability has increased to reflect the move although the LHA rate is the same. As this is a change.. (although only to another part of the house) would you create a new LHA period from the date of move? As the rental liability has increased within mid-LHA period if we do not then the customer will have a shortfall as we are currently paying rent plus cap.

    Any thoughts?? Cheers Danny

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    Andy Thurman
    Keymaster

    If you are satisfied that the change of dwelling is genuine (i.e. not in the same room), then it is a ‘move’ for HB purposes so new LHA amount can & should be made.

    Is the VO going to make it separate for ctax purposes?

    #97496
    dannyrobinson
    Participant

    They have not decided yet as there is a connecting door but I agree that a new LHA should apply.

    Many thanks

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