We do not have any council houses in Ryedale and lots of people are looking for housing association properties. Private rental might be a good option for you.
Why is private rental a good option?
- You can choose the location
- You can choose the type of property
- You can move in quite quickly if the landlord agrees
- Our Housing Options Team may be able to help you find a private rented home
To speak to our Housing Options Team for help and advice, book an appointment here: submit an Enquiry Form.
To save time, you can fill out this Housing Options Housing Advice Form before you go.
Click here for advice on how to find a private rental home: GOV.UK – How to rent: the checklist for renting in England or download this helpful booklet How to rent – a checklist.
I have a disability. Is there advice for me?
If you have a disability, The Equality and Human Rights Commission has helpful information about your rights when you rent from a private landlord.
How do I find a property to rent?
- Ryedale has a letting agent and most of the local Estate Agents have properties to rent
- Many landowners in Ryedale have properties to rent out – some houses are in quiet villages, and there are flats and houses in the market town of Malton
- Local newspapers, the internet, shop windows and supermarket notice boards also have advertisements for accommodation. Check these often as properties go quickly.
Will I be able to afford the rent?
It’s usually more expensive to rent in the private sector but you may be able to get help. Our Housing Options Team can help you to work out what you can afford.
- You may be able to get help with legal fees, rent in advance and deposits (depending on your situation)
- You may be able to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax relief to help you with the cost of renting your home
What other help is there?
Our Housing Options Team is here to help you with any advice about Housing. We are here every week day and you can book an appointment with us here: submit an Enquiry Form.
Depending on your situation, you may also be able to get help through:
- Landlord Incentives
- Tenant Incentives
- Bond Guarantee Scheme and Rent in Advance Scheme
- Bond Payment Scheme
- Fast Track Housing Benefit
Our housing team will let you know what help is available to you at your appointment.
What sort of tenancy will I have?
- Your tenancy will be called an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) and will last for 6-12 months
- After this time, your tenancy would continue on a monthly basis, becoming a Periodic Tenancy. You won’t need to sign any new documents. Your landlord must give you two months’ written notice if they want to end this sort of tenancy.
For more detailed information about private tenancies please visit GOV.UK.
For independent advice about tenancies, visit Shelter
What is a bond or tenancy deposit?
- Most landlords will ask you to pay a deposit or bond before you move in
- Your landlords MUST pay this into a Tenancy Deposit Scheme and give you full details within 28 days of the start of the tenancy
- If they don’t do this, you can take legal action and fine your landlord
More detailed information about tenancy deposit schemes can be found by visiting GOV.UK.
Visit Shelter for independent advice about tenancy deposits.
Why do landlords ask for references?
- To prove that you are reliable and can afford the rent
What references will my landlord need?
- You might need to show your bank details or a letter from your employer to show you are employed
- Sometimes landlords ask for a character reference or references from former landlords. If this is your first time renting, they might be happy with a reference from a parent or guardian.
Why do some landlords carry out credit checks?
Landlords need to make sure you can pay your rent. Credit checks show them if you have any unpaid debts or county court judgements. You may be charged for the check to be done. This fee will not be returned.
What is a guarantor?
- A guarantor is someone who agrees to pay the rent if you can’t
- It’s more common for young people, the unemployed or someone with a poor credit history
- Sometimes your guarantor will also need a credit check to make sure they can afford to pay the rent if you are unable to. You may be charged a fee for the credit check
What is a property inventory?
It is a list of everything that your landlord has provided with the property you’re renting. It includes furniture, carpets, curtains, appliances and kitchenware. It should also state the condition everything is in – particularly anything that was already damaged, marked or worn before you moved in. It is a good idea to take photographs to help prove what was inside the property when you moved in. Most estate agents will provide an inventory when you move in and will check it with you.
What happens if my property isn’t fit to live in?
All private rented homes should be safe and healthy to live in. It’s our job to make sure privately rented homes don’t have problems like:
- Penetrating damp: leaking gutters or roof, very poor pointing
- Rising damp
- Leaking roof
- Electrical faults
- Poor heating
If you think you have any of the above problems and your landlord is not doing anything about it, please report the issue here: Report an issue with private sector housing form.
We’ve also made a short animated video about damp, mould and condensation:
What should I do if I want to move out and end the tenancy?
As a tenant you and your landlord have certain rights. This means you can’t just leave the property without giving proper notice.
Please use the submit an Enquiry Form for advice about ending a tenancy.
Visit GOV.UK for information about what to do at the end of a tenancy.