Private rented housing can be a good way to find housing quickly and we can offer advice about how to find and secure accommodation, entitlement to housing benefit, information on private sector tenancies, letting agents, deposits, rent in advance, and the duties and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords.
If you rent privately and are on a limited income or in receipt of welfare benefits you may be entitled to Housing Benefit to help you pay the rent. Housing Benefit is paid by the local authority in whose area the property is located and is based on an assessment of your household size, the rent level of the property and your income and savings. For further information, visit our Housing Benefits webpage.
Using the internet can be a very quick, easy and effective way of searching for rented accommodation. There are many sites which are updated daily providing a useful means of looking for property, especially if you are looking for one with a certain rent level, or if you want to move to an area where you do not already live, ie relocating to work in the Borough.
If you would like more information please contact us on 01372 732000.
Useful Advice Leaflets
Housing Options (pdf - 691kb)
Renting in the Private Sector (pdf - 919kb)
Estate & Letting Agents (pdf - 615kb)
Homelessness (pdf - 618kb)
Hostels & Nightshelters (pdf - 722kb)
Rent Depsit Scheme
We also help certain homeless households to find private rented accommodation through the Accommodation Finding Scheme. This scheme assists people to find private rented accommodation, liaises with private landlords, agents & tenants, and gives advice on welfare benefit entitlements.
In certain circumstances we are able to offer a bond deposit, the equivalent of one month’s rent, to help secure private rented accommodation. This scheme is intended to help people we would have a duty to under the homelessness legislation and referrals to the scheme can only be made by the Housing Options Adviser after an applicant has had a housing options assessment.
This scheme also looks at assisting clients 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.
Rent Deposit Scheme (pdf - 738kb)
The Community Housing Project
For people with low to medium community care needs we also run the Community Housing Project which aims to access good quality housing in the private sector. The Community Housing Worker acts as an advocate for people who may not have the necessary skills or knowledge to negotiate with landlords. Referrals to the project are mainly from Social Workers and Care Managers.
Telephone: 01372 732000