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Will I be refused a property because of benefits?

mattlukemattluke Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi. Hope you’re all well. I’ll be looking for my first property to rent later this year, probably through an estate agent as I would like to choose a small house in an area I like myself. I’m hopeful about it all working out okay but i just read today that a lot of landlords ask for payslips and I am currently not working an on ESA/PIP due to health reasons. Is it likely that I will be refused a properly to rent due to my benefits and not working? Thanks 

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,160 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    It is hard to get a private rent house when your only income is  benefit 

    Not impossible but you would in most cases need a guarantor and pay 6 month rent in advance 

    Some landlords do accept benefit tenants but you will have a search on your hands 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,454 Disability Gamechanger
    Have to agree and I did comment on your other thread that renting in the private sector when only income is benefits can be difficult, as we all know we are only ever one assessment away from losing our benefits. I have seen in the past websites that specialise in advertising property where the landlord will accept benefits tenants.
    Have you considered looking into social housing e.g housing associations?
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,002

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    Hi @mattluke :) It looks like @chiarieds sent you a link to this page from Shelter on finding landlords who accept benefits on your previous post, which has lots of useful information on it. Have you had a think about affordability checks, being able to pay multiple month's worth of rent up front, and so on? Have you had a look to see what the cost of rent will be for the kind of property you're looking at in the area you want to live in? It's not impossible by any means to rent a place on benefits, but it's good to be prepared as you may find you get rejected by some private landlords unfortunately.
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