Most landlords participating in Hampshire Home Choice require you to pay rent in advance before you move into your new home. Click here for further information.
Landlords will also carry out pre-tenancy checks prior to offering you a property; these checks include an affordability assessment. Landlords will refuse to offer you a property if they feel you cannot reasonably afford the property.
When thinking about your finances remember:
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If you are planning to move, try to have some savings to help with the costs of moving. If you move into a property you can't afford, you could run into financial problems. For example, you could be evicted if you don't pay your rent.
Universal Credit is a new benefit that is being introduced in stages throughout the UK, to support you if you’re working and on a low income or you’re out of work. You might need to apply for Universal Credit instead of other existing benefits like Jobseeker's Allowance, Housing Benefit or Tax Credits etc.
Visit the Money Advice Service website for information about Universal Credit.
You can also visit the GOV.UK website for an introduction to Universal Credit.
Click here for help with checking if you can afford to move. Before you bid for properties, you need to make sure that you can afford to pay the rent, rent in advance, council tax, utility bills and all the other costs associated with moving.
Click here to read more information to check if you are ready to move.