There are advantages and disadvantages of renting a home from a council or local housing association. Top tip: talk to someone you know (friend or family) who rents in one of these ways
The advantages are:
- Housing benefit might be able to help you with all or part of your rent.
- Repairs and maintenance will mostly be the responsibility of the council or housing association.
- The notice you have to give if you want to move is much shorter than if you buy your home.
- No need to pay a deposit.
- You stay in that house so long as you follow the rules in your tenancy agreement
The disadvantages are:
- You will be put on a waiting list and may have to wait a long time to be offered somewhere.
- You probably will not have lots of choice about what homes you can have or area they are in.
- You might not be eligible for a home from a council or local housing association in your area depending on their rules.
- You might be limited with the changes you can make to your home.
- Rights can be different for different Housing associations tenancies, and this can affect how protected you are from eviction.
Top Tip Always check what the tenancy agreement says