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Rent Deposit Scheme

Rent Deposit Scheme

When moving into a privately rented property you will usually be required to pay at least 1 months rent in advance and a deposit. For people on benefits, low incomes or people with no savings or friends or family to help, this can be an impossible sum of money to find. If you meet the criteria for the Rent Deposit Scheme, we can help by paying the deposit directly to the landlord and giving you an interest free loan for the first months rent. We will make arrangements for you to pay this back at a rate of £20 per month.



To qualify for the scheme you must have lived in the London Borough of Sutton for 1 year and be one of the following:

  • Threatened with homelessness
  • Living in insecure accommodation
  • Homeless
  • Living in accommodation in poor repair which exacerbates health problems
  • Living in accommodation where there has been a relationship breakdown

All applicants who meet the criteria will be considered, but priority will be given to those in priority need.

We will not be able to assist where:

  • We have assisted you previously and there is no payment arrangement 
  • You have previously been evicted for rent arrears or anti-social behaviour and there has been no change in your behaviour


How do I apply?

To make an application you will first need to find a property.  More information on how to find a property can be found here. Once you have somewhere suitable, please contact us on 0208 770 5000 to apply. You will be asked to complete an Income and Expenditure Form to ensure the accommodation is affordable for you. If you would like to do this in advance you can download the form here. 

If you are unsure whether you are eligible or would like more information about the scheme please contact us on 0208 770 5000 or