The quickest way to find a property is online, on property search websites. You can easily search for the exact area you want and arrange viewings on websites.
Privately renting has many advantages such as:
you choose where you live
be near your support network, schools, employment, hospitals, your GP and other key services
you can find the property of your choice
you may be eligible for help towards your rent by claiming housing benefit or universal credit These are welfare benefits to assist residents to pay their rent. The amount you receive depends on your income, savings, capital and other factors.
We have created a step by step guide on how the council can help you to find settled accommodation if you are homeless and/ or threatened with homelessness.
Discretionary housing payment If you receive housing benefit but have difficulty meeting any shortfall in your rent and your landlord refuses to reduce the rent, you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.