Crawley Deposit Service
Landlords - Do you have a property to let?
Would you like to let it through the Crawley Deposit Service? We have tenants waiting!
We can provide a reliable and quick service with no fees involved.
For more details call 01293 438282/438472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Crawley Deposit Service?
The Crawley Deposit Service offers landlords a guarantee in place of a cash deposit, to help homeless people secure accommodation in the private rented sector. Tenants then save the value of the deposit bond over an agreed period of time to enable them to become independent from the scheme.
To apply for the service applicants must:
- Be homeless or threatened with homelessness
- Be financially able to manage a tenancy in the private rented sector (rent, food, utilities etc)
- Need the financial assistance of the council to be able to access private rented accommodation
- Have a connection to Crawley by one of the following:
Permanent employment in Crawley
Lived in Crawley for six out of the last twelve months or three out of the last five years
Have immediate family (a parent, brother or sister) who has lived in Crawley for five years or more
- Not owe any money to Crawley Borough Council
- Not have any outstanding current or former rent arrears with any previous landlord
- Not have lost accommodation due to anti-social behaviour in the last five years
- Have confirmation that they have opened an account with West Sussex Credit Union*. This may assist you with your Rent In Advance, but you will also need to save towards a future deposit
* West Sussex Credit Union can be found in the Housing Help Point in the Town Hall and can be contacted on 01293 438537 to open an account.
How can I apply to the service?
Referrals to the service are from the Housing Help Point or the Housing Options Team.
- For those reliant on housing benefit to pay the rent, the size of the household will determine the size of the property to look for, check the Local Housing Allowance rates
for further information
- Any shortfall in rent not covered by benefits will need to be met by the tenant
- Use of this service does not make the person a council tenant, as the tenancy agreement is with a private landlord
- The council will not pay any fees incurred in accessing accommodation (e.g letting agency fees)
Arrears or damages
At the end of the tenancy if the landlord makes a claim against the guarantee (for rent arrears or damage caused to the property), Crawley Borough Council will recover the cost of the claim from the tenant. Any unpaid debt is likely to affect the tenants ability to access the housing register.
Enquire online via the Crawley Deposit Service Enquiry Form