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Private Rented Accommodation
The number of homes to rent privately has grown enormously in recent years. So too has the demand, as mortgages have become harder to obtain and housing association vacancies have been well below what have been needed.
There are many ways that rented homes are advertised, from shop windows, Southampton Echo and other local newspaper pages, on line and via lettings agencies.
Most of the national housing websites allow you the ability to search by location and rent. Two of the biggest are zoopla and rightmove:
Shelter provide some excellent advice about lettings agencies which can save you money. The details can be found on their website page http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/finding_a_place_to_live/renting_privately/letting_agencies
People dependent upon benefits can often find it far more difficult to find a place to rent privately, but such properties do exist. In some circumstances the Council can help you to find a place with the help of our Tenancy Start Up scheme. Further information can be found on the following Factsheets:
Rent Top Up is a homeless prevention scheme designed to assist customers with a local connection to the Eastleigh borough who are facing eviction from rented accommodation due to rent arrears. The scheme offers an interest free loan to clear some or all the arrears on the condition the landlord agrees to stop possession proceedings. You can find further information about the scheme on the following Factsheet:
To obtain copies of any of the Factsheets mentioned above contact the Housing Advice section on 023 8068 8165 or e-mail us on email@example.com