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Can I rent a flat if I am on DSS?

I want 1 bed room

Asked on Apr 21 2013, Renting in London | Report content

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  • Hi Mohasom, You certainly can still rent a property when you are on DSS. The only problem is that you might find it difficult to find someone who will let a flat or house to you when your monthly rent is being paid from elsewhere. At the moment, landlords are seeing a high level of demand for their homes, and this means that many are turning away from people on benefits because of a perception that it can be harder to get their money. No need to worry though, as there are still landlords and lettings agents who will deal with you even if you are in this position. There are options available to you, one of which is to go straight to the source and see if you can explain your position. If you have rented in the past, you will perhaps be in the best position. Take references from old landlords to show that you are a good considerate tenant who always pays on time, and you will have a much better chance of securing a tenancy. You might also try offering a higher level of deposit than they require, just as added security, which may be enough to sway the opinion of landlords. Many thanks, Scott

    Answered on Apr 23 2013, Report content
  • Hi Mohasom, You can still rent from a private landlord if you are in receipt of housing benefit. There is a new portal that exclusively lists properties that are available to rent for housing benefit tenants. You can find out more about it on the link I have provided.

    Web reference:

    Answered on May 5 2013, Report content

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