We have a small amount of properties available for private rent. We call these market rent properties, as rent is charged at the same level as other private rented homes on the market.  The rent from these properties generate income to invest in building new homes.

How are these properties advertised and allocated?

These types of properties will be advertised on websites such as Rightmove and Zoopla. They are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to satisfactory references and credit checks.

What type of tenancy will I get?

You will be given an assured shorthold tenancy for six months. After this time the tenancy will continue until either you or whg gives a minimum of one month's notice.

How do I qualify?

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 whg tenant you can apply subject to having a clear rent account and a well conducted tenancy. Existing customers may lose some of their rights such as Right to Buy and the right to transfer or exchange.

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, the Tenancy Dispute Service.

Why choose a market rent property?

If you are not eligible for our social housing properties and can’t afford to buy, these homes may be for you. The tenancy may include floor coverings, some window coverings and white goods, including a cooker, washer/dryer and fridge freezer.

You will not have the right to purchase the property or any rights of mutual exchange or transfer.  If you are registered with choose & move, renting the property may affect your banding level.

For more details contact the Market and Leasehold Services Team on 0300 555 6666.