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.
In administering the Council’s Housing Register and allocations processes, the Council works with local housing associations to ensure that accommodation offers are affordable for households in need. In some circumstances, it is possible that you may be rejected by a local housing association if you are nominated for a tenancy and you are struggling to repay debts or if it comes to light at that stage that you are in debt. If you are struggling to repay debt, please contact us now so we can investigate ways in which you can be supported to resolve your financial difficulties whilst we process your application for housing.
Alternatively, the following organisations are available to help with debt management:
Citizens Advice 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.
The Money Advice Service provides free and impartial money advice, set up by the government:
Debt Advice Foundation is a specialist debt charity offering free, confidential advice on any aspect of debt.
National Debtline is a charity which provides free and independent advice over the phone and online.
StepChange provides free debt advice, to help you deal with your debt and set up a solution.