Housing Benefits and Council Tax Support
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA)
From 1 April 2009 the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has incorporated Rent Officer functions providing valuations for local authorities in England, for the use in the assessment of claims for Housing Benefit where the tenant is renting from a private landlord, for existing claims prior to 07/04/08. (For new claims from 07/04/08 see Local Housing Allowance.)
Housing Benefit Determinations
In making a determination the Rent Officer will consider:
- The level of rent
- The rent for similar properties within the vicinity
- The number of rooms
- The age and number of people living within the property being assesed
The determination will usually run for 12 months unless there is significant change to the property or the number of people included within the household.
Pages in Housing Benefits and Council Tax Support
- Housing and Council Tax Support
- Council Tax Support Scheme
- How is Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support calculated?
- How to claim
- Current claim
- What is Second Adult Rebate?
- What are discretionary housing payment and Council Tax Support discretionary fund?
- When will my Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support be paid?
- What happens if I am awarded benefit and I have a change in my circumstances?
- Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Fraud
- What to do if you disagree with a decision for Housing Benefit
- What to do if you disagree with a decision for Council Tax Support
- You are here: The Valuation Office Agency (VOA)
- Local Housing Allowance (LHA)
- Information from the Department of Work & Pensions regarding changes to Housing Benefit from April 2011
- Housing Benefit Change for Some Single People
- Changes to the Benefit System as of April 2013