We are very pleased that you are seeking alternative accommodation.
However, it is important to think about what it will be like being offered a home and being a tenant. Being a tenant carries responsibilities, particularly in terms of how you manage your money and how you look after the home. Signing a tenancy agreement with a landlord, whether it is the local authority or another housing provider, commits you both financially and in keeping the home in good order. At the start of a tenancy, you have to pay rent in advance of between one week and one month's rent, depending on the landlord. It is very important to have this cash in hand, along with money for removal costs and any floor coverings, curtains, white goods and furniture that you will need. Rent in advance is required to ensure that you are in credit with your rent, rent generally being due in advance.
When you are a tenant, it is important to -
Your landlord could take legal action to evict you from your home if you don’t fulfil these responsibilities. The key questions to ask yourself are -
Please see the next pages for more information about how to be a good tenant.