We recognise the importance of the Private Rented Sector and the
essential role landlords play in providing safe, warm and healthy
homes to the residents of Peterborough. We are keen to provide
decent landlords operating within the borough with the recognition
and support they deserve.
In addition we can help you contact landlords and act on
your behalf when discussing fees, deposits, etc. Some private
landlords will want you to pay a deposit, one month's rent in
advance and an administration charge before they allow you to move
into the property. We may be able to negotiate with the
landlord regarding these fees.
We also offer a Rent deposit scheme if you cannot afford to pay,
however this is not guaranteed and you need to confirm your
eligibility with a Housing Needs Officer who will advise you
as to whether you qualify, each case is assessed on an individual
If you currently live in a private rented property, but are
struggling to pay your rent you should come and discuss your
situation with us as soon as possible. We can discuss the
options available to you and try to prevent you from getting into
arrears and losing your home.
In April 2007 a new law was introduced providing protection for
tenants by preventing landlords and letting agents from unfairly
withholding a deposit. The tenancy deposit protection
scheme protects all Assured Shorthold Tenancies in England and
Wales (covering most tenancies since 1997). Tenancy deposit
protection was designed to ensure you get all or part of your
deposit back, when you are entitled to it any disputes between you
and your landlord or agent will be easier to resolve.
If you think that your landlord has failed to protect your
deposit there a number of steps you can take. For more infomation click here.