Searching private rented sector
Searching the Private Rented Sector can be time consuming, it is worth looking at a few properties to get an idea of the quality and cost of housing available.
Prices, availability and quality vary across the city, so consider calculating a budget and possible locations before starting a search.
Searching private rented housing
The following list shows some, but not all of the options available when searching for Private Rented Housing:
- Check adverts in local papers or place an advert in yourself.
- Contact local letting agencies and estate agents. Names and addresses of letting agencies can be found at Yell.com
- Look out for small adverts that appear, for example, on supermarket notice boards or in the windows of some local shops and post offices
- There are a number of Property Search internet sites and some will send email alerts as properties become available. These sites include, but are not limited to: citylets, letting web and s1 rental.
Advantages/disadvantages of renting from a private landlord
- Quick and easy to find accommodation
- Properties are available furnished or unfurnished
- Housing costs are fairly predictable - rent, Council Tax, gas and electricity bills.
- You don't have to pay for maintenance of the property or worry about when appliances breakdown. It's the landlord's responsibility.
- You may be able to get housing benefit to help pay the rent if you are on a low income
- It's easy to move out at the end of your tenancy.
- Not all landlords may be willing to take people on housing benefit so check first
- Rents may be higher than those of housing associations or co-operatives.
- You may have to pay a deposit and a month's rent in advance
- You do not have security of tenure with a short assured tenancy. You could be asked to move in as little as six months.