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How to rent privately, including your rights and responsibilities.
You may decide to move out of accommodation with your sponsor and into private rented accommodation or council housing. You will have responsibilities to meet as a tenant, but also rights as a tenant too.
As your sponsorship comes to an end, you might want to talk with your host about moving to a more formal arrangement if you would still like to live in the host’s property. This would mean that your host would become your landlord. If you are considering renting your own accommodation, make sure you know what your rights and responsibilities are as a tenant. Read more information about renting.
We have published a guide to help you understand how to rent in England. This will help you when you are ready and able to move out of sponsorship into independent accommodation.
The guide explains that you may be entitled to Housing Benefit or Universal Credit which could help with the cost of rent. You are not eligible for housing benefit while living with your sponsor, but if you move into private accommodation, you may be. The guide also includes an online calculator which can be used to see if you can afford to live in the area you want. This guide is now available in Ukrainian and Russian.
There is high demand for private rental accommodation. Some councils are using the funding they have received from the government to facilitate access to private rented accommodation for their Ukrainian guests – offering, for instance, 12 month rent guarantees, and paying rent in advance.
If you are ready to rent but are facing challenges accessing private rental accommodation, you should contact the council to understand what schemes and offers of support are available in your area. Find your local council.
There is high demand for social housing in most parts of the country and so even those with priority for social housing may have to wait for some time before a home which meets their needs becomes available.
Renting in Scotland
Read more about renting in Scotland,
Renting in Wales
Read more about renting in Wales
Renting in Northern Ireland
Read more about renting in Northern Ireland
If you move out of sponsored accommodation into privately rented property or a home of your own, you will become liable for paying Council Tax.
This is a set amount for the financial year which runs from April to March, and you can pay this monthly. Council Tax is a tax which goes to your local authority for local services such as care, social services, police and local facilities.
When you move into a new home you will need to make sure you are set up to pay for your gas, electric and water.
Your water is provided by your local water company. You can find out who your local water company is (England and Wales only). If you’re in Scotland or Northern Ireland this is provided by Scottish Water or Northern Ireland Water.
You can choose your own energy supplier for gas and electric. More details about this are in the guide about how to rent in England.
If you are at risk of homelessness, you should contact your local council as soon as possible. They will advise you about what help you are entitled to.
You can find more information about homelessness.
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