Help to Rent Edinburgh

Project summary

Help to Rent Edinburgh is a new service, starting in March 2019.  It is commissioned by City of Edinburgh Council and run by Crisis, to help people who are currently homeless in Edinburgh to find and keep a home in the Private Rented Sector (PRS)


Who is eligible?

Families, couples and single people who:

  • have been assessed as homeless by City of Edinburgh Council
  • have a local connection to Edinburgh
  • want a private let (in our outside Edinburgh)
  • are not excluded from Housing Benefit (for immigration reasons)
  • can commit to saving up a deposit over time, once housed
  • can manage a private let, with or without support
Client services

Help to Rent helps with

  • Finding a place to live in the PRS - affordability checks, flatmate-matching, property searching and tenancy training/advice
  • Getting an offer and moving in  - help with viewings, deposits and rent in advance, furniture and settling into a tenancy
  • Keeping a flat - sorting out any tenancy problems, saving towards own deposit
  • Getting other help - finding work, accessing support or assistance

How are referrals made

All referrals to Help to Rent Edinburgh come from Housing Officers in the Council's four locality homelessness teams.  We are unable to take self-referrals, or referrals from other agencies at this time


Landlord services

Help to Rent can offer private landlords

  • a free tenant find service
  • advice, support and guidance on letting regulations, energy options and grants
  • a legal deposit guarantee to the value of a cash deposit (a "bond"), covering damage, loss and arrears
  • contact with a named member of the Help to Rent team through the tenancy
  • a separate support officer for tenants, to help them settle in, deal with benefit claims, budgeting, changes of circumstances and any tenancy problems

If you are a private landlord with property in or around Edinburgh, our Help to Rent team would love to hear from you.  Please visit: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-help/edinburgh/services/landlords/

Location of landlord's properties

Edinburgh and surrounding areas

Other information

Organisation: Crisis

Type of organisation: Registered Charity

Last updated: 29/07/2020 16:49

Local Authority: Edinburgh

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