This is likely to depend on the landlord and type of tenancy but as a guide
- Most registered providers such as housing associations will expect you to pay at least one month’s rent in advance.
- In the private rented sector, you would expect to pay around one month’s rent as a deposit which must be held in a protection scheme by law (the landlord can’t just keep it) plus one month’s rent in advance. There may also be fees for things like drawing up tenancy agreements or credit reference checks, these fees are typically around £200 but may be more or less. You may want to check if the amounts you are being asked for are reasonable as this can add up to quite a lot in total.
- Some Supported Living landlords may not charge anything upfront, even if they don’t you still have the same legal rights as any tenant.
Is there any help available for these start up costs?
Depending on your circumstances there are schemes available that can help people with a deposit and/or the first month’s rent in advance if they can’t afford it and meet some other requirements. These are usually run by the local District Council who deals with your housing benefit, or sometimes a charity or housing association. This may be in the form of a loan or a written guarantee to cover any rent you do not pay or any damage you cause up to a certain amount.