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Why are we all tarred with the same brush?

I have been searching for a flat to rent, but keep coming up with the same problem.....I work 24 hours a week (contracted) and therefore will need housing benefit top up. Every time a see a decent property the agent always says the owner doesn't want anyone on benefits. We are not all unclean, lazy people who are on benefits...some of us work hard are over 60 and want a decent quiet clean home. Won't anyone give me a chance?

Asked on Nov 18 2011, Renting in Basildon | Report content

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  • Yes, a lot of landlords would give you a chance, it’s just a case of finding the right one. Speak with a local letting agent, explain your situation and if It falls on deaf ears, find another one. Keep trying!

    Answered on Nov 21 2011, Report content
  • Ring you local council and ask for the 'Housing Options Team' - they generally have knowledge of all the local agents and often of a number of private landlords who do not use agents. They will know who takes HB claimants. Also ask to register on the housing list. Lots of councils have property that was built for the over 55s, but which is difficult to let these days - usually smaller bedsit type properties, but you may find something suitable.

    Answered on Dec 5 2011, Report content
  • It's a shame that some agents operate a "No-Dss" stance, (which is an outdated term anyway). As long as there is enough money to cover the rent, the landlord should be told that you are interested in the property at the very least. You may find that if there isn't enough money to cover your rent, a recommendation for someone to guarantee your rent may be required. I have experienced problems in the past when a landlord cannot accept a tenant who is unemployed as their insurance policy has excluded this, but not for someone who is employed part time or similar.

    Answered on Dec 22 2011, Report content

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