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 Rent Deposit 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)
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