Can I look for a property in the Private Sector?
Absolutely, in fact we encourage it. Renting in the private sector is not only a quicker solution to your housing issues but your choice of area is unlimited. You may think that this is an expensive option due to the large deposits that are required to secure a property, however, as part of our homeless prevention service we can offer (subject to assessment) a loan to pay your deposit. We can also help you to talk to landlords and agents about securing a property with the council’s rent deposit scheme. As well as assisting financially we can help you to set up your housing benefit and even refer you for floating support to help you set up in your new home and maintain your tenancy. If you are threatened with or are homeless and would like to rent in the private sector, please contact the housing options team and we will be happy to give you more information on private renting and our deposit scheme.