Private renting

4. Help with your deposit

In most cases, private tenants are expected to pay a deposit and one month's rent in advance to secure their tenancy.

If you are unable to fund your deposit, there are various ways to get help:

  • Applying for a Budgeting Loan
  • Rent Deposit Scheme: The Council offers this scheme to single homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless. We are able to offer up to £500 to assist with the deposit for a private rented room or flat. Contact the Housing Advice team for further information on 01737 276790.
  • Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme: Households at risk of homelessness and in priority need can be referred to this scheme run by NextStep. Contact the Housing Advice Team on 01737 276790.