Housing advice and homelessness

Find your own home

The quickest way to find a property is online, on property search websites. You can easily search for the exact area you want and arrange viewings on websites.

Privately renting has many advantages such as:

  • you choose where you live
  • be near your support network, schools, employment, hospitals, your GP and other key services
  • you can find the property of your choice
  • you may be eligible for help towards your rent by claiming housing benefit or universal credit
    These are welfare benefits to assist residents to pay their rent. The amount you receive depends on your income, savings, capital and other factors.
  • Where to look for private rented accommodation

    If you have access to the internet you can look for properties on the following property sites:

  • Gumtree
  • Right Move
  • Rent Direct UK
  • London Renting
  • Really Moving
  • Spare Room
  • Zoopla
  • Find out the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for the area you are looking at properties. 

    Need help with renting privately

    We can assist in negotiations with landlords and can offer advice on all aspects of renting.

  • Help with your council tax
    All councils now set their own local council tax reduction scheme.
  • Discretionary housing payment
    If you receive housing benefit but have difficulty meeting any shortfall in your rent and your landlord refuses to reduce the rent, you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.
  • Changes to Disability Living Allowance
    Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
  • Universal Credit (UC)
    UC replaced some benefits which are administered by the Department for Work and Pensions.

If you find your own privately rented property, we may be able to assist in funding deposit, rent in advance and presenting incentives to the landlord to offer the tenancy. If you would like to make an application for this funding, call us on 01895 556666 to discuss this further.

Page last updated: 06 Sep 2019