Homelessness - Get help, advice and support
You may find yourself homeless or about to be made homeless for several reasons such as an eviction, a difficult home situation you want to leave or you have been in hospital or prison and have nowhere to return to. Please follow the advice on this page as it will help you make decisions about getting somewhere to live.
Council housing in Havering is very limited. We have a long waiting list of people looking for housing so it is unlikely that you will be placed in a council house. Because of this we will give you help finding housing in the private rented sector. Sometimes this may be outside of Havering.
As well as helping you find somewhere to live, we can also work with you to prevent you losing your current home. We may also offer you financial assistance through Havering’s Find Your Own Scheme which can be used as deposit and rent in advance to secure new accommodation.
Please see our Homeless Placement Policy for full details about how we help you into accommodation.
Before starting to look for a new home, it is important to consider which areas will be affordable for you. High rents and low housing benefit rates mean that it is very important to find an affordable area.
The following tools will help you to find areas that are affordable and manage your income and outgoings:
You may now feel ready to start searching for your new home.
You can look online for letting agents and estate agents. Use the tools and links below to help secure a property and find out if you can afford it.
The following are suggested sites. We cannot promise that any particular agent or website will be able to help you, especially if you are going to claim housing benefit.
Property search websites
Once you have identified a property you will need to know how much housing benefit is available. You can find the maximum housing benefit levels for the area (referred to as the Local Housing Allowance) on the local housing allowance rate rent page. You will need the postcode for a property to be sure which rate applies.
If you are working, or if your income from benefits or investments, exceeds a certain level you may not be entitled to the maximum level of housing benefit. If so, you will need to use your income to make up the housing benefit shortfall.
Find out more. Go to our housing benefit and council tax support page
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Housing demand in Havering