Renting a property
The quickest way to secure accommodation is through the private sector, as not all applicants will be successful in obtaining social housing.
To look for a home go to:
- Local shop, supermarket and neighbourhood notice boards
- Local newspapers and classified adverts
- Ask family, friends or work colleagues
- Social media – Facebook, Twitter etc
- To check the Local Housing Allowance (Housing Benefit) rates go to: https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/search.aspx
- To check your bedroom entitlement go to http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/council-tax-and-benefits/benefits/apply-benefit
Estate agents will charge fees for setting up the tenancy and are likely to carry out credit checks prior to agreeing a tenancy, so please ask to ensure these are affordable for you. They will also want a deposit (normally 6 weeks rent) and the first month’s rent in advance.
The council offer a deposit scheme, which may be able to assist you with a deposit and first month's rent through our White Horse Lettings Scheme. This is a loan scheme so for more information to see if you are eligible, please contact the housing team.
How to Rent guide
The is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process, including:
- what to look out for before renting
- living in a rented home
- what happens at the end of a tenancy
- what to do if things go wrong
Last reviewed: 05 - 02 - 2018