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What are my housing options?

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​Welcome to our Housing Options service. Here you can find information about other types of housing and how to get help if you’re about to become homeless.

I'm at risk of losing my home

If you think you’re at risk of losing your home, please contact us early. We can offer more help if you get in touch before you’re in a crisis. We may be able to stop you becoming homeless at all.

We have a duty to try to stop you from becoming homeless. We’ll do this by trying to help you to stay in your current home, if possible.

I'm already homeless

If you’re already homeless, we have a duty to give you advice and help to find accommodation. This is likely to be in the private sector.
 
We’ll write a personal housing plan for you, which tells you what you need to so to stay in your current home, or to find accommodation in the private sector. We’ll expect you to do everything listed in the plan.

Plan ahead

If you want to move, or need to move, it’s important to plan ahead. Before you give up your home make sure that where you’re planning to move to is suitable and affordable for you.
 
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Private renting

There are lots of advantages to renting privately.

 

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Hostels

Most hostels in the area accept referrals from us, and from other support services such as social services and probation. You can also refer yourself.

 

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Low cost home ownership schemes (LCHO)

Affordable home ownership products are available if you can't afford to purchase a property on the open market.

 

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Council housing

There are limited options when it comes to council or housing association housing, but depending on your circumstances you may be eligible.

 

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Rent deposit scheme

Landlords of privately rented accommodation usually require a deposit and rent in advance before they agree to offer a tenancy.

If you’re struggling to find enough money to pay for a deposit on a rented home we may be able to help.

The rent deposit scheme is part of our homelessness prevention work, and provides a deposit and rent in advance loan as long as you can’t get the money elsewhere.

The scheme doesn’t usually pay for any administration fees charged by the landlord or letting agent. These are your responsibility.

Am I eligible?

To be considered eligible for the scheme, you must be homeless or threatened with homelessness.

You must:

  • be in need of housing or at threat of homelessness
  • agree to repay any deposit and/or rent in advance that we pay out to the landlord
  • agree to undertake a financial statement to verify that the property which has been found is an affordable and reasonable option for you

Who is not eligible?

You will not be eligible if you have already moved into the property. You should not make arrangements to move in until a deposit and or rent in advance has been approved.

You may not be eligible if you owe money to us.

Conditions of loan

You can only be considered for a loan if you are on low income and cannot fund the deposit yourself. Your financial circumstance will be considered fully.

You must be able to manage the tenancy. The conduct of any previous tenancies you have held will be taken into account when making a decision.

There is no list of circumstances that will automatically qualify you for an award of rent deposit and/or rent in advance. Each request will be considered on its own merit.

Prospective tenants must not commit themselves to a tenancy until all rent deposit scheme paper work has been received and completed and a decision has been made.

For further information or to apply for a rent deposit and/or rent in advance loan, please contact the Housing Solutions team (details at bottom of page).

 

 

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 Contact information

 
Housing Solutions team
Luton Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 510370
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