Use the internet to search for a place to rent. Ask friends and family and check local noticeboards and newspapers for more options.
Many landlords and letting agencies advertise online.
Popular websites that advertise house shares and homes to rent are:
Search for local websites or forums that advertise flats, houses or rooms to rent.
Never pay any money without seeing the property first. Try to take someone with you when visiting properties.
Use a letting agent
You can use a letting agent to help you find a home to rent.
Check that the agent is a member of a redress scheme before you take on a tenancy or hand over any money.
Check local newspapers and noticeboards
Local newspapers often have sections advertising houses or flats to rent or share.
Noticeboards in local shops, community centres or libraries often have adverts for rooms or houses to rent.
In your advert, describe the type of place you want, where you'd like to live and how much rent you can afford.
You may also be able to put adverts up for free in local shops or community centres.
If you claim benefits or have a low income
It can be hard to find an affordable private tenancy in many areas.
You could contact the housing options service at your local council.
They may have:
- lists of local landlords who accept tenants on benefits
- details of rent deposit or bond schemes in the area
Read the UK government's guide How to rent for more information on finding and renting a home.
What's the difference between a letting agent and a landlord?
Last updated 03 Jul 2019 | © Shelter
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