Let's Rent

Rent deposit scheme and rent in advance scheme

We can pay up to 6 weeks' rent deposit to households in need of private rented accommodation. An interest-free loan can also be offered to pay any rent in advance requests.

Who qualifies?

Anyone with a local connection to Central Bedfordshire who:

  • is a UK citizen with recourse to public funds
  • has been given notice to leave their present home or is homeless
  • is able to afford the rent every month
  • hasn't lost accommodation due to any anti-social behaviour orders, county court judgements (CCJs), or breach of tenancy agreement such as rent arrears or tenant conduct
  • has payment plans in place for any outstanding debt

How to apply

You will need to contact our Housing Options Team on:

Telephone: 0300 300 4370

Offices are based at:

Dunstable

Watling House
High Street North
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU6 1LF

Chicksands

Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

You will be interviewed by a housing options officer and will be asked to complete an income and expenditure form and Let’s Rent referral form. You will need to provide information about your income and benefit claimed. If you meet the criteria, you will be registered onto the scheme.

What happens next?

You may be able to find your own private rented property and need some assistance with the deposit we may offer you a private rental property where a Landlord has agreed to privately rent through this scheme. You will be invited to view the property and discuss the terms of the tenancy. The landlord will manage your tenancy and not us. You may need to find a guarantor in some cases.

What condition can I expect the property to be in?

Our Let's Rent officer can carry out an inspection of the property to ensure that its condition meets a certain standard of repairs and it is safe for you to live in. If you have found your own landlord through a lettings agency, we will not need to inspect the property.

How does the deposit work?

If you accept the property, the deposit is paid directly to the landlord who will be expected to place this into a tenancy deposit scheme and return the deposit to us at the end of the tenancy. In some circumstances, you could receive help with a loan for payment of rent in advance. If there is any loss of deposit, you will be expected to repay for the amount of any deposit lost.

Your new tenancy

The landlord will ask you to sign a tenancy agreement.

It is your responsibility to keep the property in good condition and pay your rent even if Housing Benefit or Universal Credit are making payments. Failure to do so could mean that you will not be able to join our housing register for future housing and you may be charged for any loss of deposit or rent in advance that has not returned at the end of the tenancy. A full tenant information pack will be given to you at the start of your tenancy.

More information

Telephone: 0300 300 8031
Email: letsrent@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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