How to find a property
What do you need to think about before you start looking?
- the type of property you need (bedsit, flat, house, bungalow)
- are you ok with stairs or do you need ground floor accommodation?
- what areas do you want to live in?
- how much rent can you afford to pay?
- how much deposit will you have to pay?
Claiming Housing Benefit?
If you are planning on claiming Housing Benefit you will need to think about the level that you could be entitled to. Housing Benefit rules are that you need one bedroom for each of the following:
- A couple who live together
- Someone else in the household who is 16 or over
- Two children of the same sex
- Two children of any sex who are younger than 10
(A child is someone under 16)
And the following (maximum) number of living rooms:
|Number of people||Number of rooms|
|1-3 people||1 living room|
|4-5 people||2 living rooms|
|6+ people||3 living rooms|
If you are single and aged under 25 your Housing Benefit will be assessed differently (Single Room Rent) which means you will usually only be able to rent one room (e.g. a bedsit, or a room in a shared house)
If you have more rooms than this, Housing Benefit may not cover some of your rent and you will need to make up the difference yourself. You should contact your local housing benefit department to find out more information and make sure the property is right for you.
You will also need to think about how long you have to find somewhere and move. If you need to move within a short space of time you may wish to widen the areas you'd be happy to live in to give yourself more choice and a better chance of finding somewhere suitable.
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Where do I look for properties?
Wiltshire times, Salisbury Journal, Trade It and the Western Daily Press regularly advertise rented properties.
Local shop windows / community notice boards / supermarket notice boards or anywhere where people may advertise. Landlords often advertise available properties here.
Sharing a house or flat with others can be a good way to cut the costs of renting in the private sector. Websites such as Flatmaterooms and Houseshare let you post adverts for a houseshare and search for other people in the area who are also looking to share a property.
Letting and management agents
Agents manage properties on behalf of private landlords. Agents should not charge you to just to look for a property. If you find a property through an agent you will often be charged a fee - usually one third of a month's rent plus VAT. This fee may be non-refundable.
They will also require a deposit and up to two months rent in advance. Wiltshire Council cannot recommend individual letting and management agents but we can provide a list of local letting agents in Wiltshire.
|Town||Letting Agent||Contact number|
|Calne||Charles Faye: 25 High Street, Calne SN11 0BS||Tel: 01249 822 555|
|Calne||Your Move: 1 Wood Street, Calne, SN11 0BZ||Tel: 01249 813|
|Chippenham||Martin & Co.: 7 Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HD||Tel: 01249 460 783|
|Chippenham||Michael Antony: 7 New Road, Chippenham, SN15 1HH||Tel: 01249 653 000|
|Chippenham||Strakers: 33/34 Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HP||Tel: 01249 652 717|
|Corsham||Elliot Properties: 17 Pickwick Road, Corsham, SN13 9BQ||Tel: 01249 714 717|
|Corsham||Strakers: 6 High Street, Corsham, SN13 0HB||Tel: 01249 712 039|
|Cricklade||M Lettings: 48 High Street, Cricklade, SN6 6DA||Tel: 01793 752 157|
|Devizes||Belvoir!: 19 High Street, Devizes, SN10 1AT||Tel: 01380 726 129|
|Devizes||Philip O’Shea: 40 St John’s Street, Devizes, SN10 1BL||Tel: 01380 720 400|
|Devizes||Strakers: 6/7 Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HT||Tel: 01380 723 451|
|Marloborough||Carter Jonas: 93 High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1HD||Tel: 01672 519 700|
|Melksham||Jayson Kent: 35 Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES||Tel: 01225 707 798|
|Salisbury||Gem Estate & Lettings Agents: 1 Windsor Road, SP4 8AA||Tel: 01980 654 888|
|Swindon||ATC Management: 167 Victorian Road, SN1 3BU||Tel: 01793 618 691|
|Swindon||Market Right: 33/33 Commercial Road, SN1 5NS||Tel: 01793 486 622|
|Swindon||McFarlane: 27/28 Devizes Road, Old Town, SN1 4BG||Tel: 01793 611 841|
|Swindon||Orchard Properties: 28 Bath Road, Old Town, SN1 4BA||Tel: 01793 619 419|
|Trowbridge||Soul Residential: 7 Narrow Wine Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EN||Tel: 01225 754 198|
|Trowbridge||Wright Residential: 44a Castle St., Trowbridge, BA14 8AY||Tel: 01225 755 553|
|Trowbridge||Northwood: 4 Fore Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8HD||Tel: 01225 763 105|
|Trowbridge||Complete Lettings: 11a Silver St., Trowbridge, BA14 8AA||Tel: 01225 760 016|
|Trowbridge||Layzell Property Lets: 7 Church St., Trowbridge, BA14 8DR||Tel: 01225 751 819|
|Trowbridge||WSB Group: 54 Castle Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8AU||Tel: 01225 716 400|
|Warminster||Northwood: 8 Market Place, Warminster, BA12 8AN||Tel: 01985 220 290|
|Warminster||Upsalls: 70 Market Place, Warminster, BA12 9AW||Tel: 01985 847 846|
|Warminster||WSB Group: 44-46 Market Place, Warminster, BA12 9AN||Tel: 01985 215 000|
|Westbury||Modern Lets: 54 Warminster Road, Westbury, BA13 3PF||Tel: 01373 824 958|
|Westbury||Smart Property: 12 Maristow Road, Westbury, BA13 3DN||Tel: 01373 826 999|
|Westbury||Davies & Davies: 12 High Street, Westbury, BA13 3BW||Tel: 01373 859 944|
Please contact us if you require further information.
Wiltshire Council’s Housing Options teams offer free advice and assistance to people at risk of losing their home or who are experiencing housing problems. Our offices are open from 8.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday:
If you would like to visit your local office it would be helpful if you could bring along the following documentation:
- Proof of income
- Child benefit / Tax credit information
- National Insurance number
Additional documentation may include;
- Tenancy Agreement
- Eviction Notice (e.g. s21 Notice)
- Court Orders
- Bailiff Warrant
- Letters from mortgage lender
- Mortgage statements
- Any supporting medical evidence such as GP letter and confirmation of medication.
|Your local offices:|
Telephone: 01249 706666
Fax: 01249 444650
Telephone: 01722 434233
Fax: 01722 434530
Telephone: 01225 718005
Fax: 01225 770316
Last updated: 17 July 2015