Rent bond guarantee scheme
Find out your eligibility, and how to apply for the Rent Bond Guarantee Scheme.
About the scheme
The Rent Bond Guarantee Scheme (RBGS) aims to help people who need assistance to access housing opportunities in the private rented sector.
The 'Bond' will normally have an equivalent value of 1 months' rent and is valid for a period of 12 months. This value of the bond is based on affordability and you are required to pay it back in 12 monthly instalments or fewer instalments if you wish.
There are no restrictions to applying to the Rent Bond Guarantee Scheme. We will consider applications from people in work or in receipt of benefits. Acceptance on to the scheme is subject to tenancy referencing and affordability checks. Credit checks are not required. The value of the bond that you are accepted for will be based on affordability and the needs of your household. We need to be satisfied that you can afford to pay the rent and repay the deposit within 12 months.
How to apply
Complete the RBGS application form [520Kb].
Finding a suitable property
Generally tenants identify a suitable property that they would like to rent with a landlord who is prepared to participate in the scheme. There are some properties available through PKC Lets which are advertised through our Facebook page. 'Like' the page for the latest updates. Properties are also advertised in Council offices, and on Zoopla and Lettingweb.