Renting a home from a private landlord
Lots of people choose to rent privately. Some of the reasons why people choose the private rented sector are:
- long waiting times for council or housing association properties
- a wide range of locations available, including outside the borough
- flexibility to move to a particular location for schools, jobs, transport links or local services
- a variety of types of homes available eg apartments, houses with gardens.
Help finding housing in the private rented sector
The Housing Needs team at Homes for Haringey will be able to advise you how to find out what housing is available locally and further afield and how to apply for welfare benefits to help you with your housing costs.
You might be able to get help with a deposit through:
- The Support Fund
- The Homelessness Prevention Fund
- Discretionary Housing Payment
You may qualify for assistance to help you move in to private rented accommodation with our Home Finder Scheme.
Home Finder Scheme
We can find you a good quality private rented home in Haringey or neighbouring boroughs. If you wish to live elsewhere you will need to look for a property yourself.
Option 1: We find a property for you
- We will find a privately rented property for you in Haringey or a neighbouring borough.
- We will match the property as closely as possible to your requirements.
Option 2: You find your own property
- You can find your own privately rented property in Haringey or anywhere in the country (dependent on cost).
- You do not have to fund the usual costs of a private tenancy as we are able to offer landlords and agents an incentive package on your behalf.
Who qualifies for the scheme?
This will generally be people who the council has a statutory duty to assist (including approved homeless applicants) and people who
- Are homeless or threatened with homelessness (including some severely overcrowded households)
- Are eligible (defined by your immigration status, whether you are ‘habitually resident’ in the UK, in some cases your country of origin, and whether you are classed as a ‘worker’.)
- Are in priority need (have children or are pregnant, vulnerable due to age or medical conditions or other special reasons, or made homeless by fire or flood)
- Have a local connection with Haringey
- Have been made homeless through no fault of their own
If you think you may qualify for the scheme and you are in temporary accommodation please call your Tenancy Management Officer. All other applicants should call the Housing Advice Line on 020 8489 1000.
If you claim benefits or are on a low income you may also be entitled to housing benefit which could help you pay your rent.
To find out whether you might get help with paying your rent please visit our benefits page.
The web page will also give you information on the Local Housing Allowance applicable to the size of property you require in the area you are looking. The Local Housing Allowance is the maximum amount housing benefit will pay for properties.
For more information on how to rent privately please contact Housing Advice on 020 8489 1000.
Intermediate Rent is a scheme that allows you to rent a new build housing association property at approximately 80 percent of the market rate.
Anyone can apply for this scheme although priority may be given to certain groups such as key workers (external link) or council tenants.
For more information, please visit the Homes for Londoners website (external link).
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