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ARE YOU PRIVATE RENTING - Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

Published: Thursday 14 March 2024

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) determines the maximum financial support available for renters in the private rented sector.

Your LHA rate affects how much help you get when renting from a private landlord. It is used to work out both:

  • Housing benefit
  • Universal credit housing element.

LHA rates will increase in April 2024.

Further details can be found on our Local Housing Allowance page.



Venta Living Limited Homes available to rent in Winnall

Published: Wednesday 29 November 2023

Venta Living Limited is offering beautiful new apartments at Foxglove House in Winnall available to rent with an assured shorthold tenancy. Within easy walking distance to central Winchester.

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For further details visit or email .

Extra Care housing is offered by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council and Winchester City Council

Published: Monday 20 November 2023

Extra Care accommodation allows older people to live their lives actively and independently in self-contained accommodation with a tenancy.

Care staff are based onsite and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide planned care and support and to respond in the case of emergencies.

Further details can be found on the Sheltered, Extra Care and Almshouses page

Sovereign Housing and Network Homes have now come together and Abri and Silva confirm new partnership

Published: Thursday 19 October 2023

Sovereign Housing Association and Network Homes have now come together as SNG (Sovereign Network Group).

As one organisation they can invest more into building more new homes, maintaining existing homes and providing services to customers.

Sovereign Network Group is working on bringing their services together but, until then, you can continue to use the same contact methods formerly provided by Sovereign and Network Homes, depending on who you previously got in touch with.

Abri and Silva confirm new partnership

Abri Group and Silva Homes are pleased to confirm their new partnership, following the approval of a final business case presented to the boards of both organisations on 7 September. As a result, Abri Group will own and manage 50,000 homes and assets serving 114,000 customers across the south of England. Formal completion is expected to take place in early October 2023 when Silva Homes will become a subsidiary of Abri Group.

New free legal advice for people facing eviction or repossession

Published: Thursday 3 August 2023

A new government-backed scheme providing free legal advice to help 38,000 people a year at risk of losing their home has launched. 

People facing eviction or repossession in England and Wales will be able to receive expert legal advice free of charge, helping them to keep their homes and avoid lengthy, costly court proceedings.

The advice will be available from the moment a written notice is received by a tenant or homeowner, which could be in the form of an email from a landlord or letter from a mortgage provider. They will also be able to have legal representation in court, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Legal support for housing, debt and welfare benefit matters will help with the wider issues individuals at risk of losing their home may face. It is part of an extra £10 million a year being pumped into housing legal aid by the government.

Further information on the Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service can be found on the GOV.UK website: 

To search for a legal adviser or family mediator with a legal aid contract in England and Wales details can be found on the GOV.UK website: