Private Rented Sector

The quickest way for some people to solve their housing problem is to rent a suitable property in the private rented sector. The advantage of renting privately is that you can choose where you want to live.

If you are on a low income you may be entitled to claim Universal Credit to help with your housing costs. This is the maximum amount of housing benefit that you will be paid, subject to eligibility, for you or your family to rent a home. To find further details please click here.


Finding a private let

You can look for private rented accommodation by registering with Letting Agents and we strongly advise you to visit them in person.  As well as signing up with Letting Agents you can also search on line and in local newspapers. There are many useful websites on the internet and some examples are listed below.


Sharing a room

Sharing a flat or house will usually be a more affordable option. Officers in the West Cheshire Homes Team may be able to help you find a room in a shared house.

Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme

If you are considering renting in the private rented sector you should where possible look to rent from a landlord or agent who is accredited with the Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme.   All landlords and letting agents accredited with the Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme agree to meet a code of standards.  The code of standards covers both the condition of a property as well as how the landlord or agent carries out their housing management responsibilities. 


Other support available

To find out more about your rights as a private tenant and the law related to this type of accommodation, follow this link.

For further information on how to find the right landlord or letting agent please click here.