It is important that you budget correctly for what you can afford, as renting a property can be expensive.
How do I manage rent?
Before moving in, be aware of additional expenses such as removal costs, council tax, bills and service charges. See the MoneyForce website for advice on how to budget for renting, including how to share costs between tenants in the same property.
Will my rent increase?
At the end of your tenancy, private landlords may increase rent. You may be able to challenge a rent increase by applying to a rent assessment committee. Council or housing association rents are difficult to challenge, and they usually increase every April.
Can I claim housing benefits and Universal Credit?
You may be able to claim benefits if you are on a low income. Universal Credit is a new benefit that will replace other benefits, including housing benefits. Visit Shelter's website to see if you are eligible for Universal Credit.
Council housing and housing associations
Who can help?
The Royal British Legion supports MoneyForce, and their website can help you determine what kind of property you can afford to rent, by helping you draw up a budget of all your costs.
Veterans' Gateway - Access to Housing Advice
The Veterans' Housing Advice service, initially provided by the Cobseo group of charities, and delivered by The Royal British Legion, Connect Assist and Shelter, has now been merged into Veterans' Gateway. The service is accessible 24/7 and supported by a resident housing specialist located at the Contact Centre.
The team aim to support veterans in finding, securing or maintaining accommodation by utilising the skills and resources of the Cobseo Housing Cluster, local authority contacts and other housing providers. Information can be accessed by telephone, email, live chat, social media, and on the website by visiting Veterans' Gateway/Self Help/Housing.
See more advice, from Shelter, on getting help with the rent deposit and with white goods: