Downloads and tools

Sample letters to adapt, factsheets and advice guides to download, and easy-to-use checker tools to help you work out your rights and understand your options.

Housing advice factsheets

Have a look at our series of handy fact sheets to give you more information about your housing problems. They're free to download and easy to read

Shelter template letters

Use our templates to make important points when writing letters about benefit claims, applying as homeless, getting a deposit back and asking for repairs

Bedroom tax checker

If you're a council or housing association tenant, the bedroom tax might reduce your housing benefit. Use our bedroom tax checker to see if you’re affected

Budget calculator

Shelter's budget calculator can help you work out what you spend each month. Get a picture of your income and spending in less than 30 minutes

Emergency housing rights checker

Use this tool to see if the council has to provide you with emergency accommodation if you are homeless

Housing benefits rights checker

Use Shelter's housing benefits rights checker to see how changes to housing benefit may affect you and what to do if your income is reduced

Tenancy rights checker

Your rights as a tenant will vary depending on the type of tenancy you have. Use our simple tenancy checker to see what kind of tenancy you have.

Eviction rights checker

Use our eviction rights checker to see if your landlord can evict you. Your rights will depend on who your landlord is and the tenancy agreement you have.

Energy costs saving tool

Use our tool to find out what help you can get with fuel bills, if you qualify for energy saving home improvements and how to switch energy suppliers

Checklists and forms

Our handy checklists and forms will help during busy or stressful times. Simply download or print them and keep them close at hand as a useful reference.

Letting agent dispute tool

Use our tool to help you send a complaint to a letting agent redress scheme about your agent's poor practice.

Letter writing tool

How to take court action to get your protected tenancy deposit back if you are a private tenant with an assured shorthold tenancy.