Many landlords advertise and manage their properties through letting agents. They usually charge one full month’s rent in advance and a deposit as part of the agreement to begin a tenancy. Agents may charge a fee for their services and may require you to agree to them carrying out a credit check which they will also charge for.
Fact Sheet 4 - Costs of privately renting
WSLP cannot assist with the fee that agents charge, as this is non-refundable if you fail credit referencing.
There are many useful websites that advertise properties including:
If you are entitled to housing benefit to assist the rent payments, you should make sure that the rent is affordable by checking the Local Housing Allowance rates for the area and property size.
The Bury St Edmunds rate covers most of West Suffolk apart from the Newmarket and Haverhill areas that attracts the higher Cambridge rate. Anything that isn't covered by housing benefit will come out of your own income. More information about LHA and entitlement.
The West Suffolk Lettings Partnership aims to bring together landlords and agents with tenants who need accommodation, including those waiting for social housing. We can help private landlords maximize the earning potential of their homes by providing a range of services such as:
Guaranteed Rent Scheme
If you are looking for tenants to occupy your property and want a guaranteed rent then please contact our Private Lettings Co-Ordinator on 01284 757637 for further details. Alternatively please see our Fact Sheet 15 - Guaranteed rent scheme
West Suffolk Lettings Partnership offers tenants a deposit bond. The aim of the deposit bond is to help people access the private rented sector across West Suffolk. Fact Sheet 5 - Deposit bonds
Fact Sheet 2 - Letting agents lists the local agents and states if they will consider the WSLP Deposit bond. Those that consider the deposit bond may also consider people on Housing Benefit.
To be eligible for this service you must be:
West Suffolk Lettings Partnership may also be able to help with the firsts months Rent in Advance - Fact Sheet 11. This is via Anglia Revenue Partnerships, who administer the LHA on behalf of the council. you will need to be eligible to claim housing benefit and through WSLP, may be able to make a claim for discretionary housing payment to cover this.
For any further advice or assistance please contact the WSLP Coordinator on 01284 757637 or email email@example.com