The Crawley Deposit Service offers private landlords a guarantee in place of a cash deposit, in order to help people who are in receipt of benefits or on low incomes secure accommodation in the private rented sector.
You can enquire directly to Crawley Borough Council's Housing Help Point or to another advice agency in Crawley. If necessary a housing advice interview will be booked for you, during the interview you will be given advice on your housing options and assessed for your suitability to apply to the Crawley Deposit Service.
If you meet the criteria of the Crawley Deposit Service you will be advised during your housing advice interview as to whether the council would sponsor a tenancy via the service. If accepted you will need to provide further information about yourself, such as identification and proof of income.
Once you have been accepted onto the service you are then able to start hunting for a property.
So we have accepted you onto the service, you have found a property and the landlord will accept Crawley Borough Council's guarantee. You will then need to contact the Crawley Deposit Service and let them know, they will then arrange a time for an appointment. If you need to make a claim for housing benefit this will be done at the same time, however you will be expected to provide all the necessary original documents needed to make a claim.
At the end of the tenancy if your landlord makes a claim against the guarantee for any rent arrears or damage caused to the property, Crawley Borough Council will take steps to recover the cost of any claims paid out from you. You will not be considered for the Crawley Deposit Service in the future until you have paid all guarantee costs back to the council.
As part of the terms and conditions of the service it is a requirement that you open a West Sussex Credit Union savings account in order to start saving for your deposit. Once you have saved the amount equivalent to the deposit guarantee, the money will be transferred to your landlord and at this point the council will no longer have any involvement in the tenancy.
If you are landlord and have a property you would like to rent through the Crawley Deposit Service it is now easier than ever. The Crawley Deposit Service offers private landlords a guarantee in place of a cash deposit. This can help people who are in receipt of benefits or on low incomes to secure somewhere to live in the private rented sector. To find out more information about the scheme complete this online form and a Rent Deposit Officer will contact you.
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