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Private rented accommodation is the most common type of housing you live in when you leave home for the first time. There are many different types of private rented housing available based on your needs, e.g. self contained accommodation or facilities (e.g. kitchen and bathroom) shared with other people. The standard of accommodation can also vary greatly.
While living on your own can give you independence, there are also some downsides to it. Rent can be high, money needs to be paid upfront (deposit and rent in advance in most cases), and landlords might be unwilling to let their property to young people and those who claim benefits.
Before deciding on moving out you will need to think carefully about what you can afford, the type of accommodation you need and is available to you, what it may be like sharing a home with others, paying things like council tax, water rates and what you will need to ask the landlord or letting agency.
You might be able to get help in paying the rent by claiming Housing Benefit but this does not always cover the full rent. Anyone over the age of 16 can also apply for accommodation let by Councils and Housing Associations, these are organisations that own properties and offer cheap rented accommodation to people on low incomes.
This section looks at finding rented accommodation and what to think about before you move.
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Independent online letting centre with a range of information and directory of letting agents all over the UK
a national charity that supports rent deposit schemes
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