We have a small number of properties available for private rent and rent levels are set at the same level as other private rented homes on the market. The rent from these properties generates income for SHAP to invest in service delivery.
Private Rented Properties are advertised locally and also on our website here. They are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to satisfactory references and credit checks.
Our Private Rented Properties are managed by two members of staff in our Partnerships Scheme – Scheme Manager and a Project Worker, who offer a range of services including:
- Comprehensive lettings and management
- Contract assistance
- Your rights explained
- Transparent fees
- Affordability appraisals
- Fully protected deposits
- Comprehensive inventories
To ensure people have access to safe, secure and affordable accommodation
How to access the scheme
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Frequently Asked Questions
What type of tenancy will I get with a Private Rented Property ?
You will be given an assured shorthold tenancy for six months. After this time the tenancy will continue until either you or Shap give a minimum of one month’s notice.
How do I qualify for a market rent home ?
You will need to be in employment, be able to afford a deposit and pay your rent by direct debit a month in advance. This is subject to satisfactory references and credit checks.
If you are, or previously have been, a Shap tenant you can apply subject to having a clear rent account and a well conducted tenancy.
You will need a deposit of £500 or the equivalent of one month’s rent, whichever is greater. This will be held in a separate account until you leave, when the full deposit will be returned to you providing you leave the property in the same condition it was let to you in. If it is not in the same condition or there are arrears, reductions will be made from the deposit. In the case of a dispute, the matter will be decided by an independent body (https://www.gov.uk/housing-tribunals)
Why choose a Private Rented Property ?
If you are currently living in supported housing and unemployed, your rent and some of your service charges will be covered by Housing Benefit. However, once you secure employment you may fin that you are not only unable to afford to buy your own place, but you also cannot afford to continue to rent from Shap.
In this situation, a Private Rented Property may be for you. The tenancy may include floor coverings, some window coverings, a cooker, washer/dryer and fridge freezer.
What happens if I cannot afford to pay a deposit?
We have a small number of social housing rented properties which we manage on behalf of a number of private landlords. These are particularly aimed at those who may not be in employment, are moving out of temporary accommodation and unable to afford a large deposit or to pay the rent a month in advance. There is still an expectation that the property is returned by you in the same condition as it was let to you in and any damage is paid for by you.