Renting from a private landlord means many people can find a home.
The Government has produced a leaflet called How to Rent. It provides information about what you need to think about before taking on a tenancy and what you will have to do.
Rent Deposit Scheme
There is support to help with private renting via our Rent Deposit Scheme.
To apply, you must:
- be living or working in the area, have close family in the area or other special reasons why you need to live in the Districts.
- be either homeless or at risk of losing your home
- have a low income, receive benefits or in a low paid job
- be unable to raise the funds yourself or get it from another source
- be willing to repay monthly repayments as set out within a legal agreement
- be willing to engage and co-operate with us.
If you are homeless due to not paying your rent, or you have been evicted for nuisance and/or anti-social behaviour you will not qualify for help.
How to find a home?
Your home must be affordable and suitable for you.
You can look online, in local papers, on notice boards and let others know you are looking for a property to rent.
- Check what size property you should look for
- Find out what the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is for the property - search for LHA rates by postcode
- Check to see how much LHA you may be entitled to
- Check to see if you can afford the rent by doing a budget calculation
What to do next?
Once you have found a home, you will need to ask the landlord if they will agree to the scheme and accept tenants on Local Housing Allowance. You will also need to make sure that the tenancy is for no less than six months and an Assured Shorthold Tenancy must be offered.
You should then arrange a viewing of the property.
You will then need to contact us and apply for the Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme.
We may also need to view the property and carry out an inspection.
When we review your application, we will need to see your ID, income and any references from previous landlords.
We can help reach agreement with the landlord on the terms of the scheme. We can also discuss the scheme with the landlord if they would like more information.