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What 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?

Where to look for private rented accommodation

How to join the council's housing register

Wiltshire Council operates a choice-based letting system called Homes4Wiltshire.

What to do if you are a council tenant and:

Housing Allocation Policy

The Council is legally obliged to have a policy for allocating its own homes and making nominations to other social landlords through the choice-based lettings scheme, ensuring fairness in the assessment of housing  need and lettings decisions. Demand for affordable homes exceeds the number of available properties, so the council has to prioritise those in the greatest need. The allocations policy represents the fairest and most transparent way to decide who to prioritise. We have reviewed our policy and made important changes. The review took in account the view of our councillors, residents, area boards, landlords and partners.

Visit Homes for Wiltshire to view the Homes4Wiltshire: Wiltshire Council Allocations Policy (opens new window) in full.

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.

Letting and management agents

Agents manage properties on behalf of private landlords. Agents should not charge you 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.

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