Renting Privately

Privately rented accommodation provides solutions for people with a variety of housing needs. North Hertfordshire District Council can help customers find out more about these properties. You may also be eligible to claim Housing Benefit to help towards the cost of the rent, depending on your circumstances.

Useful information about renting a property privately is available from a variety of organisations.

  • Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire - Offer advice on the type of tenancy depending when the tenancy began. They can also provide advice  about repairs and rent increases.
  • Shelter - Give advice on finding somewhere to rent and information on letting agencies.
  • GOV.UK - Provides information leaflets about being a landlord and a tenant. Advice is also provided about tenancy agreements.

When privately renting a room or a flat/house, you may be required to provide a deposit and pay a month's rent in advance. This is usually equivalent to two months rent, so can amount to several hundred pounds or more. You need to decide what type of property you can afford to pay a monthly rent on and how much deposit you will need to pay at the start of the tenancy. You can view current vacancies using the local press, local estate agents or any property website. For rented rooms in a shared house, look for adverts in the local papers, postcards in shops, newsagents, supermarkets, or on the internet.

Local Rents

Average monthly rents for properties in the district (1 April 2012 - 31 March 2013) are shown below:

Property type

Average monthly rents

1 bed property £546
2 bed property £778
3 bed property £904
4 bed property £1,690

Help with a deposit for private renting

If you are threatened with homelessness and have a local connection to North Hertfordshire, the Council may be able to arrange a low cost loan to help you with a deposit for renting a private property. The loan would be arranged through the local Black Squirrel Credit Union.

The amount borrowed is payable directly to the landlord as a deposit. The tenant makes regular affordable repayments to the credit union. There are no fees for setting up the loan, the loan repayments are also used to start your own savings account with the credit union. Examples of this are in the below PDF.

In exceptional circumstances, if a loan cannot be arranged for some reason, the Council may guarantee a small deposit on a property.

Contact us for further advice.