An assured shorthold tenancy is the most common form of private sector tenancy, and sets out a fixed period for the tenancy to run (which is usually six or twelve months). It cannot be less than six months, but it can be open-ended. The landlord can ask you to leave at any time after six months, provided the fixed term specified in your agreement has ended. He or she must give you two months notice in writing if they want you to leave. This is called a notice to quit. If you receive a notice to quit and you are unsure what to do, contact your local customer service centre or housing services for advice.
Telephone: (01482) 396301
When the notice period expires you should leave the property, but the landlord cannot simply turn you out of the house. They must go to court and be granted an order of possession. If you do not move out by the date set by the order, the landlord can apply to the court to have you evicted, but you may incur court costs. The court will then appoint bailiffs to evict you.
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A private sector landlord may ask you for a deposit or bond (usually one months rent) to cover any unpaid rent or the cost of any damage which may be caused during the tenancy. This bond must be protected in a government-authorised tenancy deposit scheme. If everything is satisfactory at the end of the tenancy, then the bond must be returned.
If you do not have enough money for a bond, you may be able to receive help from our bond scheme. The bond scheme involves a guarantee in lieu of a bond to a landlord or letting agent, to enable applicants on our waiting list who would qualify to be rehoused as homeless (under the terms of the housing act 1996) to obtain private rented accommodation within the East Riding of Yorkshire. Demand for this scheme is very high and guarantees are limited, availability is therefore subject to funding and qualifying criteria.
If you are eligible to register on our waiting list and would qualify to be rehoused as homeless you can find out whether you would qualify for the bond scheme by completing the bond scheme enquiry form online (opens in new window).
Many landlords ask for a bond and one month’s rent in advance, we are not able to assist with rent in advance.
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An accredited home must meet the minimum requirements of our accredited homes standard. This means that the dwelling should provide a safe and healthy environment for the occupants and any visitors they may have. We also have an accredited homes of excellence standard. These standards guarantee the quality of the accommodation that you are going to rent and ensures that the landlord adheres to the associated management code.
For details of accredited homes available for letting please contact the private sector housing team.
Tel: (01482) 396301
You will need to apply direct to the relevant landlord.
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If you rent from a private landlord you may be eligible for a type of housing benefit called local housing allowance if you are on a low income and/or in receipt of benefits. You will need to complete a housing benefit application form, or visit at any of our customer service centre. Local housing allowance is based on the number of occupants in your household and the area in which you live, as well as your income and circumstances.
If you are looking for accommodation and want to know the maximum amount of local housing allowance you are likely to receive, you can use the Direct Gov housing allowance calculator.
local housing allowance calculator (external website).
Benefit is paid direct to the tenant (unless there are exceptional circumstances) and not to the landlord. It is usually paid direct into your bank account, but can be paid by cheque. It is paid four weekly in arrears. If you do not have a bank account, you can contact the money advice team.
Telephone: (01482) 394649
They can give advice on setting up a bank account.
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