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Housing Solutions Support Scheme

Below are some of our current schemes available to assist you with your housing situation and to prevent homelessness. Please note all our schemes are subject to funding and the options available will be disscussed with you by your Housing Solutions Officer. 

Eligibility

We have an eligibility criteria which will determine who qualifies for the scheme. You must have a local connection to be able to apply for the scheme and during the application process you will be assessed against our eligibility criteria.

Scheme options

Funding for rent in advance and/or bond (for single and family applications): 

The scheme following the application process and the property suitability being confirmed by the Private Sector Housing team will pay direct to the landlord the funds for rent in advance (up to £500) and/or bond (up to £500) on behalf of the tenant. 

The tenancy provided should be an assured shorthold tenancy for a minimum of 6 months. (A licence agreement for shared accommodation will be acceptable). 

Rent a room funding assistance:

The scheme following the application process will pay direct to the landlord the funds for rent in advance (up to £500) and/or bond (up to £500) on behalf of the tenant. 

The Government Rent a Room Scheme lets landlords earn up to a threshold of £7,500 per year tax-free from letting out furnished accommodation in their home. This is halved if they share the income with a partner or someone else.

Under this scheme you will be classed as a lodger if:

  • You rent a room in a landlord's home and share facilities such as the bathroom and kitchen with the landlord
  • A landlord does not have to provide a lodger with a written contract but it is a good idea to have one in place (lodger’s agreement)
  • Deposits paid by lodgers are not covered by tenancy deposit protection rules
  • Before you move in as a lodger, the landlord must ask you to prove that you have the right to live in the UK and the right to rent. The landlord is breaking the law if they do not ask for this. Right to rent checks will not apply if moved in before 1 February 2016
  • A landlord only has to give reasonable notice if they want a lodger to leave. Lodgers are excluded occupiers. This means if the landlord wants a lodger leave they only have to give reasonable notice and do not need a court order to evict

Funding support for landlords and tenants for interventions to create and sustain tenancies:

The scheme following the application process will pay direct to the landlord and/or tenant the agreed funds of up to £500 per tenancy.

This will enable Housing Solutions Officers to consider a wider range of options for the prevention of homelessness, by being able to access funds for one off payments. This is designed to assist those threatened with homelessness to remain in their existing accommodation or to secure alternative accommodation.

The maximum payment under the scheme will normally be £500 per tenancy.

To apply for the schemes please speak with your Housing Solutions Officer or by visiting the Town Hall, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5AA. Alternatively you can call 02476 376406 for further information. 

Last updated Tuesday, 21st August 2018

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