Local Housing Allowance
Please see the Housing Benefit page for information about the rent levels and room numbers allowed for private tenants.
Help with Council Tax for tenants who are liable to pay this themselves
Council Tax Benefit was abolished from April 2013 and replaced with a local Council Tax Reduction scheme.
Please see the Council Tax Reduction page for more information and a full copy of the Council's approved scheme. There are no changes to the scheme for 2015/16.
More information for Landlords
The Council’s Housing Needs Team can provide advice and guidance regarding tenancies and will also be holding landlord events throughout the year, in conjunction with the Benefits team. The next event details will be posted on here shortly.
Government Tenancy Deposit Schemes
Tenancy deposit law was introduced on 6th April 2007 to give more protection to tenants by preventing landlords and letting agents from unfairly with holding a tenant's deposit.
From 6 April 2007, all deposits (up to the level of £25,000) taken by landlords and letting agents for Assured Shorthold Tenancies in England and Wales, must be protected by a tenancy deposit protection scheme.
What are Tenancy Deposit Schemes?
There are two types of protection scheme available,
- Insurance-based schemes
- Custodial schemes
Both schemes provide a free dispute resolution service. More details on Tenancy Deposit Protection can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Last Updated on Wednesday, June 21, 2023