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Trying to rent while on housing benefit.

I have been trying to find a property to rent, but after ringing over a dozen lettings agents not one will take me on as I don't work and will be in receipt of housing benefit. I have telephoned Lambeth council and they don't hold any lists of landlords that accept dss. What am I meant to do in this situation?

Asked on Sep 16 2013, Renting in London | Report content

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  • With the number of tenants far exceeding the number of properties available, it's becoming more and more difficult to source suitable properties, even more so if you are on benefits as the Landlords and Agents may see you as "high risk". A good place to start would be sites like who specialise in Landlords who "Say Yes to DSS" according to their site. Alternatively, there are things you can do to help yourself. Do you have a Guarantor? Have you got a good tenant reference from a previous landlord? These things do make a difference. Rather than ringing the agents, perhaps visit their offices to introduce yourself and provide copies of anything you have that may be beneficial in supporting an application to show you are "Tenant Ready". Keep an eye out in the local papers, in newsagents etc, not all Landlords use an agent. Also many charities may help with deposits, bonds and sometimes moving in costs if you are finding it difficult to raise advance funds. Knowing exactly what you are entitled to and who can provide it helps speed up the process when you do find a property. Not sure if any of this has helped, but we wish you well and we hope you soon find something suitable.

    Answered on Sep 16 2013, Report content
  • Hi, The council should should these lists as they are responsible for housing people who are not working, We are very surprised by this. We would suggest to get in touch with the council again, in particular the department for housing to query. We hope this helps.

    Answered on Sep 19 2013, Report content

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