I am a new single parent and living under the same roof as my ex-partner who finished with me with a 10 month old baby just before Christmas. I am looking for a place to rent but the majority of agencies / landlords will not take benefits. I have a guarantor set up and can pay for a few months in advance if I borrow money. Its a really competitive rental market and I’m struggling to get somewhere.
I have asked the council for a list of agencies / landlords that take benefits but was told this doesn’t exist.
Does anyone have any suggestions, experience of trying to get a new rental property, whilst on benefits?
I know its unlikely but if you are not working but could access six months rent upfront (from a relative for example) then the rental agencies have ‘reduced their risk’ – this is what I had to do. I have had to extend the lease (on a periodic tenancy) and because I paid for the first six months they have no issue with me.