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Do landlords accept dhss for rentals if so what would deposit be?

Looking for 1 bed flat in Witney area. I am on benefits. Do they accept deposit scheme and benefits?

Asked on Apr 6 2010, Renting in Witney | Report content

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  • Some landlords will & some won't it will depend on their own preferences. Register with all the local agents explaining your situation. We would normally require you to have a guarantor but it does very much depend on the preferences of the individual landlords. The normal deposit will be about 1.5 month's rent.

    Answered on Apr 8 2010, Report content
  • DHSS includes both housing benefit and disability allowance. Most landlords will be able to accept disability allowance provided that a solid guarantor can be in place on the tenancy. For Housing Benefit, it depends entirely on the landlord, some will and some won't. You will also need to be aware that some landlords will have restrictions in their mortgage (if they have one) that may not allow rental payments to be paid for by a local authority. Most landlords will not accept the rent deposit scheme, it would need to be a cash deposit which is then held by one of 3 approved schemes. It is likely that if you were accepted by a landlord and you were in receipt of Housing Benefit then you would also need to have a solid guarantor (working full time, clean credit history etc) or be in a position to pay your rent in advance for a set period. Register with all of your local agents and clearly explain your situation - it is helpful if you have figures from the local authority in terms of what they will cover per month and work out exactly what you can afford and if you have the funds available to pay any agents fees and a security deposit. Most agents will be able to find you a property, although it may take a little longer. Honesty is definately the best policy - we can only help if we know the full facts. Thanks, Paul

    Answered on Jan 24 2011, Report content
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