Private renting

Many people choose to rent privately because of the high costs of buying a property and the limited supply of council and housing association rented properties in Waverley.

Tenant rights and responsibilities

Find out more about your rights and responsibilities as a private sector tenant by watching our video below:

See the guide to private renting on for more information. 

Where to find rental properties

  • Search online
  • Visit local estate agents
  • Look in the local newspapers
  • Check notice boards at local newsagents or the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Help with the cost of renting - Local Housing Allowance

Private renting can be expensive in Waverley, but if you are on a low income or benefits, you may be able to get some Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to help you pay your rent.

The actual amount of help you get will depend upon the number of bedrooms you need and the amount of income and capital that you have. 

Find out more about Local Housing Allowance.

Help with your deposit - Deposit Guarantee Scheme

The Deposit Guarantee Scheme may be able to help if you urgently need housing but do not have enough money to pay your own deposit. You will need to meet certain conditions to qualify for our help.   Please contact the Housing Options Section to discuss your situation 01483 523188 and we can advise you.

If you qualify for help, we may be able to issue a deposit bond to your prospective landlord in place of a cash deposit. The deposit bond has a maximum value of eight weeks' rent, although we do not guarantee to provide the full amount for you. The amount you get will depend on your circumstances and budget available.

If you are entitled to Housing Benefit, the Deposit Guarantee Scheme offers you faster processing of any Housing Benefit claim you make. Find out more about Housing Benefit.

More information

Find out more about your housing options.


Page owner: Elizabeth Donaldson. Last updated: 27/07/2016 10:56

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