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Private Rented Accommodation

This is one of the biggest sources of accommodation for people accessing alternative housing in Doncaster. There are numerous ways to find private rented accommodation.

• Using a landlord and letting agent list and contacting them direct.

• Looking in local newspapers

• Local shops may display adverts

• Asking friends and family for details of their landlord or letting agent

Be aware that some landlords ask for money up front before you are able to move into a property.

Useful information on bonds and private renting can be found on the government website.

Bonds

We run both a paper bond scheme and a rent in advance scheme, however to be accepted onto these scheme is subject to certain criteria, that would be assessed during a Housing Options interview.

There also may be alternative options for customers that are not eligible for these schemes on our Moneywise webiste.

St Leger Homes Private Landlord Service?

St. Leger Homes Private Landlord Service has been set up to manage rented homes on behalf of private landlords to increase the number and choice of properties on offer to people on the housing register.

We have approximately 8000 people registered for rehousing and only 578 vacant council houses available last year. There are approximately 4,000 empty homes in Doncaster that are privately owned.

Where will the private landlord properties be advertised?

The private landlord properties will be advertised on the Doncaster HomeChoice website.

Click on property search and the private sector button to see what properties are available. Included in the advert will be full property details, rent, tenancy type, length of tenancy, date available to let, and any bond that will be required.

You can click on each advert and the show full details button to view more information and see other pictures of the properties.

How can I be considered for one of the private landlord properties?

You will need to be registered with Doncaster HomeChoice, if you are not registered you can register here.

You can contact the Private Landlord Officers on 01302 862628 and select option 4.

What are the terms of the private landlord properties?

These properties:

  • Have an affordable rent set at Local Housing Allowance levels
  • Have a negotiable bond or bond guarantee for some applicants
  • Will be repaired by St Leger Homes of Doncaster
  • Will be managed by St Leger Homes of Doncaster (dependent on agreement with landlord)
  • Are housing benefit applicant eligible
  • Have been brought up to a good standard
  • Have tenancies with an option to renew at the end of the tenancy period

These properties will be let on fixed term assured shorthold tenancies.

The properties that we advertise and manage will be in a good condition and to an agreed standard. Any property that we manage would have to be free of hazards as prescribed in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System as well as being safe, secure and clean with all facilities and components in good working order.

Find out more about private rented tenancies and your and your landlords responsibilties.

How much is the rent and is there a bond?

Rents will be set within the Local Housing Allowance and a Bond will be required which will be clearly displayed on the property information. You can use the information in the linked pages to find out more about the Local Housing Allowance Rates and Local Housing Allowance frequently asked questions insert link.

The level of Housing Benefit you will qualify for is based on the number of bedrooms you actually need.  You can use the benefits adviser tool to find out how much Housing Benefit you are entitled to for Private Rented properties.

How will I know if have been successful?

The private landlord Officer will tell you if you are successful. Checks, such as rent, household circumstance and reference checks will be carried out.

If we are unable to offer the property we will advise you of the reasons why and will move to the next applicant.

If you decide to refuse the property it will be offered to the next person who has expressed an interest.

If you accept the property you will be contacted to arrange an accompanied viewing of the property. Once you have viewed the property you can make your final decision if you would like to take the tenancy. If you accept you will be able to make an appointment to come into one of our area offices to sign the tenancy agreement and collect the keys.

As with Council and Housing Association homes if you accept the offer of a private rented property your housing application will be closed as housed, however you can re apply to the housing register from your new address keep your original registration date.