On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
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.
If you want to purchase a home of your own, but can't afford to buy on the open market, Help to Buy could be your way onto the property ladder. The Government has created the Help to Buy scheme to help you take your first steps into home ownership.
There are a number of Help to Buy products designed to make buying a home more affordable. You could buy a home using one of the home ownership options, such as shared ownership or help to buy equity loan scheme.
In order to apply for any Help to Buy product you must register with the Help to Buy Agent. Help to Buy Agents were previously known as Homebuy Agents. They are housing associations appointed by the Homes & Communities Agency as a one stop shop and point of contact for people looking for affordable homes to buy in their area. Bpha is the Help to Buy Agent for us.
Phone: 03333 214044
Email: email@example.com (public enquiries)