Private Rented Accomodation 

The quickest way for some people to solve their housing problem is to rent a suitable property in the private rented sector. The advantage of renting privately is that you can choose where you want to live.

Private landlords offer a wide range of accommodation, often in areas that our local Housing Associations cannot.  They tend to offer properties on six monthly tenancies, which can be renewed if they are happy with the way you have managed your tenancy.  You don't have the same security, but the shorter tenancies and higher mobility can work for people who need to move frequently.  Rents can be higher than in social housing so if you need help with your rent, check out the Local Housing Allowance before you commit to a tenancy.

If you are on a low income you may be entitled to claim Universal Credit to help with your housing costs. This is the maximum amount of housing benefit that you will be paid, subject to eligibility, for you or your family to rent a home. For further details please visit

Finding a private let

You can look for private rented accommodation by registering with Letting Agents and we strongly advise you to visit them in person.  As well as signing up with Letting Agents you can also search online and in local newspapers. There are many useful websites on the internet and some examples are listed below.


Other support available

To find out more about your rights as a private tenant and the law related to this type of accommodation, follow this link to

For further information on how to find the right landlord or letting agent please visit