How to rent a new flat whilst on housing benefits

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    Mamamia2
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    I am a single mum of a 4month old girl and a 3 year old boy. Our current landlord wants to serve us notice because they don’t want to renew the tenancy agreement as I am applying for housing benefits.

     

    This means we have to find a new place. I will receive housing benefits for my current flat until we get an eviction letter. But I would like to move before this happens if possible.

     

    How do I go about renting privately? Do I just ask the estate agent if they have landlords that accept housing benefits and once I have moved I let housing benefits know that my address has changed?

     

    Thank you so much! I am loosing my mind! 😉

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    Mamamia2
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    Also, would I make myself intentionally homeless if I don’t wait for an eviction letter from my current landlord?

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    Ang141
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    I’d contact your local councils housing advice team for some assistance. They may even be able to speak to your current landlord & see if they can change their mind as it shouldn’t really matter if you’re on benefits as long as the rent us paid & you look after the place. If you don’t want to stay or the landlord wants you out they may know other local landlords that do accept Housing Benefit & go through all options with you should you get the eviction notice.

    Hope you get sorted x

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    Gemmalparker
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    1.  You don’t need to declare you’re on housing benefit. There is an option on the form to not inform landlord. I think it’s there to stop landlords turning their nose up.
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