As I'm sure you're aware, there's a general shortage of social housing in the UK and you're best bet would be to get yourself on the Council Housing List as soon as you can. Most councils will have a question on their application forms about criminal record - remember you only need to disclose unspent convictions even if the question asks you to disclose all
cautions and convictions. I've attached a link to the information on our site
which you may find useful.
If you're looking for a private rental, then there will be some landlords that do accept housing benefit and some that won't. If you're looking for accommodation through an estate agent, you might want to ask this question before you arrange a viewing. There's nothing worse than finding something you really love only to learn that the landlord won't accept housing benefit.
Have a look for private adverts in your local shops and also use websites such as Gumtree which can save you a lot of money in administrative charges.
Wishing you the best of luck. Feel free to contact us again if you need any further help.
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