Housing advice and homelessness

Find your own home

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.

Housing options guide (PDF) [949KB]

Where to look for private rented accommodation

If you have access to the internet you can look for properties on the following property sites:

Find out the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for the area you are looking at properties. 

Need help with renting privately

We can assist in negotiations with landlords and can offer advice on all aspects of renting.

Page last updated: 20 Jul 2023