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 that come with moving to a new property.
If your bid is successful and you are offered a property you will normally move quite quickly.
Click here to use the Money Advice online calculator to check if you can afford to pay the rent and other costs associated with moving.
The Money Advice Service
Provides free and impartial money advice, set up by the government:
Advice and guides to help improve your finances
Tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead
Click here to visit the Money Advice Service website.
Provides free, confidential and impartial advice. As the UK's largest advice provider, the Citizens Advice service also delivers a range of money advice services.
Click here to visit the Citizens Advice website.
Click here to visit the GOV.UK website for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours. You can also use the benefits calculator to estimate all your entitlements including Universal Credit.
Click here to take the Money Advice Service test to work out and determine your level of debt and see how you can get back on track with your finances.