When looking for a property, it is a good idea to consider looking outside of Barnet. Outside of Barnet you are likely to find more properties which are affordable, meaning that your income/benefits will go further and the cost of living will generally be lower.
How to look for properties
Some websites advertise properties specifically for tenants on Housing Benefit, such as:
You can access a list of lettings agents at the bottom of this page: http://www.dssmove.co.uk/find-an-agent
For tips on how to rent when a landlord won’t accept housing benefit, you can look at:
For single people, finding a room in a shared house – or temporarily staying in a hostel – can be a quick and cheap method to find accommodation:
Please note: Barnet Homes does not endorse the external companies listed on this page.
- For general tips on renting, see http://www.tenantstips.com/
- If you find a property to rent, make sure that you will be able to afford it.
- If you move into accommodation secured through a lettings agent, you may be charged a fee by the lettings agent.
- Instead of phoning letting agents to ask if they have suitable properties, it can be better to visit an area and meet agents face-to-face. If agents like you when they meet you in person, they may be more likely to help you find a property.
- For money advice, contact the Money Advice Service free on 0300 500 5000.
For more information regarding renting in the private sector, you can contact Shelter, a housing law charity on 0808 800 4444. Or, see their website for detailed information about housing law, tenants’ rights, and applying for housing benefits: http://england.shelter.org.uk.