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Why can't I rent on housing benefit?

Why can't a landlord let me rent a decent home? I have all the money in place with a guarantor. Is it because I'm on housing benefits or because I have a child? I'm not one of those people who trash a home.

Asked on Oct 13 2011, Renting in Uckfield | Report content

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  • Unfortunately, many landlords have had bad experiences with tenants on benefits which may have put them off renting to perfectly nice people. Also, the Council pay rent in arrears rather than in advance and landlords have to go through the process of eviction in order to get their property back. But don't feel disheartened! Many landlords and agents do accept tenants on housing benefit. Speak to your local council and they will be able to provide you with a list or landlords and agents who will be able to help you.

    Answered on Oct 13 2011, Report content
  • You can rent a property on housing benefit if you arrange for your benefits to be paid direct to your landlord, also you can borrow your deposit from the housing department and pay them back weekly, providing of course that your landlord and the housing association where you live agrees.

    Answered on Nov 2 2011, Report content

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