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Home > Housing > Homelessness advice > Private tenancies

Private tenancies

Renting from a private landlord enables many people to find a suitable property in an area of their choice.

The government has produced a leaflet called How to Rent. It provides useful information about what you need to think about before taking on a tenancy and the responsibilities of both tenants and landlords.

Have you been given notice to leave a private tenancy?


Rent Deposit Scheme

There is support available to help you with private renting via our Rent Deposit Scheme.

  • You must have a local connection to the Babergh or Mid Suffolk district
  • You must be either homeless or at risk of losing your home
  • You have a low income, either benefit reliant or in low paid employment
  • You are unable to raise the funds yourself or obtain from another source
  • You must be willing to repay any loan of money with monthly repayments as set out within a legal agreement
  • You must be willing to engage and co-operate with us. If you are homeless due to avoidable rent arrears, or you have been evicted for nuisance and/or anti-social behaviour you will not qualify for help.


How to find a property?

The property must be affordable and suitable for your needs.

Look online, in local papers, look on local notice boards and let others know you are looking for a property to rent.


What to do next?

Once you have found an affordable and suitable property you will need to approach the landlord/letting agent to ask if they will agree to the scheme and accept tenants on Local Housing Allowance.

You should then arrange a viewing of the property.

The next step is to contact us and apply for financial assistance from the Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme.

We may also need to view the property and carry out an inspection, if this has not already been done.

In order to assess the application, supporting evidence may be needed in terms of ID, income and references from previous landlords.

We can help with negotiating the terms of the scheme with the landlord should you need assistance, or can discuss the scheme with the landlord if they would like more information.


Property requirements

The property needs to be of a good standard in accordance with current legislation and a minimum of six months Assured Shorthold Tenancy must be offered.