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Finding somewhere to live
The cost of accommodation in Brentwood is very expensive, if you can't afford to rent or buy locally you may wish to also consider widening your area search. In some circumstances, we may be able to assist with the Rent Deposit Scheme if you are a qualifying household usually if you are threatened with homelessness, are eligible, have a priority need, are not intentionally homeless and have a local connection. If you meet the criteria then we can consider providing you assistance for financial help to also find accommodation outside of the Borough if you are unable to find accommodation in Brentwood.
There are some occasions that you may feel that you have to move due to additional support needs, but there are options available that may mean you can remain in your own home.
The information below may also be able to provide you assistance;
- Help to Buy if you want to buy your own home but can't afford it
- Join the register for a Council or housing association home if you can't afford to rent locally. Please note that due to huge current demand it is very unlikely that this will be an immediate solution. If you require Housing Advice/Assistance you must complete the Housing Advice Request form below. Please refer to the Allocations Policy for eligibility criteria.
- Express interest for vacant homes through HomeOption, once you have joined the Housing Register. Alternatively if you are a Brentwood Borough Council tenant (or were nominated by BBC into a Housing Association property) then you can join the Transfer List.
- Sheltered Accommodation - Sheltered Housing is available for people who wish to continue to live independently but have the benefit of additional support it you require it or if your needs change. Usually for those over 60 but also for people who are younger but require additional security or support to enable independent living.
- Existing tenants can swap through a mutual exchange
- What to do if you are likely to become homeless
- Community Alarms - You would like to remain in your own home but require additional security or support. Our Community Alarms service can give you independence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by providing you an immediate response service if you are worried about being taken ill, having a fall or the possibility of a bogus caller so you don't have to move home.
- Floating support - You would like to remain in your own home but require additional support to enable this. Floating Support can provide assistance to ensure tenancy sustainment, budgeting management, signposting to other support agencies, Mental Health services, voluntary work and much more
If you have recently moved into Brentwood or changed your address please complete the online form available on our Moving In/Out page, which will allow you to inform different areas within the Council.
Please note: Any new or transferring tenant whose Tenancy commenced on or after the 18th July 2016 is required to pay one weeks rent charge upfront before they receive the keys to their new home.
If you have a local connection to the Borough or are exempt from the local connection criteria and require help from the Council with an immediate housing problem that you are unable to cope with please complete our on line Housing Advice Request form. Please complete the form in full so that we can assist you as quickly as possible. Depending on your circumstances we may be able simply provide you with advice by telephone or letter or if your circumstances are more complex you may need to be allocated a dedicated Housing Advice Officer, who will assess your case and determine the appropriate response time. You will be advised in writing who your allocated Housing Officer will be and the allocated timescale for response to your initial enquiry by letter with 1st step guidance on the steps you can take to assist with resolving your housing difficulties. It is always helpful to complete the housing register application separately if you are not already on the housing register.