Accessing private rented accommodation

Private rented accommodation is a great alternative for people who do not wish to or cannot access the housing register. Private rented accommodation refers to properties that are owned by a person/family or a company. They are called private landlords. 

Often the properties are managed by a letting agent who is then responsible for finding a tenant, collecting rent payments, carrying out repairs and anything else regarding the property and tenant. However, sometimes landlords may wish to take care of this themselves.

Private rented accommodation offers both negative and positive attributes which include:

Positives

  • There are more properties to choose from
  • It can be easier to find a home that is appropriate
  • There are no waiting lists involved
  • You can find somewhere quickly if you want to try out living in your own place for a short time, before you decide if it is right for you
  • Some properties come furnished
  • Some private landlords work with councils to acquire their deposit

Negatives

  • It is less secure than social housing
  • It can cost more
  • Some properties are not adaptable for individuals’ needs
  • A private landlord usually asks for a deposit before you can move in
  • Not all private landlords will let people on Housing Benefit/Universal Credit rent their property