Rent Deposit Scheme
Housing Services offers a rent deposit scheme that assists certain households who are threatened with homelessness to find private rented accommodation. The scheme liaises between private landlords, agents & tenants and gives advice on welfare benefit entitlements.
This scheme is intended to help people the Council would have a duty to under the homelessness legislation and referrals to the scheme can only be made by the Housing Options Officerr after an applicant has had a housing options assessment.
This scheme also looks at assisting with tenancy sustainment by acting as an advocate between the tenant and the landlord throughout the tenancy and by offering advice and practical support designed to help people keep their homes.
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Surrey Homeless Alliance Non Priority Rent Deposit Scheme
The purpose of this scheme is to enhance existing housing options services in order to prevent homelessness by offering rent deposit bond assistance to non-priority need homeless single people and couples with a local connection to the borough.
The scheme can assist with either a cash deposit or bond up to the value of the relevant LHA rate for single people or couples household.
Before an applicant can be considered they must first have a Housing Options interview or have completed the on-line Housing Options Wizard Applicants must be considered that they can manage a tenancy and applicants must have a local connection with the borough.
Suitable applicants will be issued with deposit bond offer letter which will be valid for three months. This can be used to give prospective landlords to inform them about the scheme.
Applicants will be responsible for finding their own private rented accommodation. The accommodation can be located either in or outside the borough.
Rent Deposit Officer will assist with setting up of the tenancy and issuing the bond or cash deposit, however the scheme cannot assist with on-going tenancy sustainment other than general housing advice.
For more information or to see if you are eligible please contact Housing Services for a Housing Options interview.
Telephone: 01372 732000