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Help moving into Private Rented Accommodation


Sedgemoor District Council works in partnership with local agencies to provide several schemes to assist people in housing need move into private rented accommodation. These include assistance with bonds and deposits, rent in advance and help to buy furniture.


Somerset Homelet lets you search for private rented homes, housing, flats and lodgings in Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane, North Somerset and West Somerset.


Lodging and sharing

Lodgings have been in existence for generations and certainly, in previous decades it was far more common for single people to leave home and move into lodgings than it would have been to move into self-contained accommodation. Perhaps not surprisingly given the recent economic climate, increasing numbers of home owners and secure tenants are thinking of letting out a spare room to help make ends meet. At the same time, lodgings remain a preferred housing option for many single people, given the shortage of housing and rising rental costs.

In Sedgemoor we work alongside landlords and prospective tenants to help out where we can with the aim of increasing the number of lodgings available to rent. Please see see the below leaflets for further details:

Somerset West Lodging Scheme

The Somerset West Lodging Scheme is a free service which has been developed to offer help and advice to residents in Sedgemoor and West Somerset who would like to earn an income from renting out their spare room. Its aim is to increase the availability of good quality accommodation to be made available to people of all ages by providing a comprehensive range of services completely free of charge to get your spare room ready to let.

For more information please visit Somerset West Lodging Scheme


The Deposit Guarantee Scheme

If you are looking to rent a property from a private landlord in Sedgemoor, you may be required to provide a cash deposit to cover any damages/rent arrears that may occur during the tenancy. It is often difficult for prospective tenants to raise the cash for a deposit, particularly if they are on state benefits or a low income.

Sedgemoor District Council runs a scheme for tenants and landlords where a written guarantee can be used in place of a cash deposit. It is called the Deposit Guarantee Scheme. For full details of the scheme and to see whether you are eligible please see our information leaflet. Icon for pdf Deposit Guarantee Scheme Leaflet [127.36KB]


Rent in advance

Sedgemoor District Council have a limited amount of funds that could help towards rent in advance. For more information please contact Sedgemoor District Council on 0300 303 7793.


Somerset West Letting Agency

Somerset West Letting Agency is a not for profit company that aims to provide high quality affordable homes to people looking for housing, including those on low incomes. The agency offers flexible terms and a highly professional service for landlords looking for worry free property management.  It also provides a service to assist single people or couples without children with a bond to secure private rented accommodation. For further information and to see whether you are eligible please visit their website: Somerset West Lettings


Discretionary Housing Payments

Are you suffering exceptional circumstances? We may be able to offer short term extra help via Discretionary Housing Payments.

Discretionary help towards Council Tax and Rent payments (known as DHP's) provide customers with financial assistance when the local authority considers that additional help with housing costs (rent) are required.


Furniture, Food and Essentials

If you need assistance with furniture, food and essential items there are several local schemes running which you may be eligible for:


Private Rented: Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants and Landlords

When you are renting a home it is important for you to know what you can afford and understand the kind of rental agreement you are entering into. Find out about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant so that you can follow the rules.

The Somerset West Landlord and Tenant Services (SWeLT) Scheme has been set up to assist Private Sector Landlords, Tenants and Owners across the three districts of Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

To find out more, please go to the SWeLT section on our website: Somerset West Landlord and Tenant Services (SWeLT) Scheme

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