Housing for 18-35 year olds
If you are a single person or couple in this age group, you will normally only be offered self contained social housing where you have a need that cannot be met by renting a room in shared accommodation. This would include evidenced regular overnight access to children, exceptional risk factors and need related to a disability or chronic health issue.
If you are looking for a property to rent, renting from a private landlord could be quicker and offer more choice. The best places to start looking for somewhere to live are:
- shop windows / advertising cards in local shops
- local papers
- renting websites (see examples below, but this is not an exhaustive list)
- Letting agencies
- asking friends if they know of anywhere (especially if you are looking for a room in a share house)
- 'to let' signs outside properties
10 rights for private tenants a factsheet for people renting privately
Housing Benefit: Under 35s Most single people under the age of 35 who rent from a private landlord will only get housing benefit to pay for a single room in a share house. This fac sheet will give you more details.
How to rent a home is a useful guide from the housing charity Shelter on private rental.
Last Updated: 30 November 2017