What is the Rent Deposit Scheme?

There are a lot of costs associated with moving into a new home and one of the biggest is the deposit.  If you found a place to live but haven’t got enough money for the deposit our Rent Deposit Scheme may be able to help.

How does the scheme help?

If you qualify for our Rent Deposit Scheme we can help by providing a no cash deposit for suitable private rented property in Newcastle.

How does the scheme work?

Newcastle City Council can provide private landlords with a written guarantee in place of a deposit.  The guarantee lasts for up to 12 months and gives tenants time to save a cash deposit to give to the landlord.

We do not pay cash to you or the landlord but if something goes wrong with the tenancy the landlord can claim against the guarantee.

How do I apply to the scheme?

To apply for help from the Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme you will need you to complete an application form, you can complete the application form here.

If you need help with your application contact Private Rented Service Newcastle on 0191 2771438 or by email privaterentedservice@newcastle.gov.uk.

What information will I need to provide?

When you apply you will need to provide:

  • Proof of identity and date of birth
  • Proof of national insurance number
  • References from previous and current landlords
  • Evidence of your right to remain in the UK if you are not a British Citizen

Once you have found a property you think is suitable you will need to tell us:

  • The address of the property
  • The Landlord’s name and phone number
  • How much rent and deposit you need to pay
  • We can cross reference your application if you have already applied to Tyne and Wear Homes so add your reference number to your application

We will then check if the:

  • The property is in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • The property is affordable
  • The property meets your needs
  • The landlord will accept a deposit guarantee
  • If you are eligible for the Scheme

How do you qualify for the Scheme?

To qualify for the Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme you must:

  • Be aged 16 and over
  • Be able to manage a tenancy without support
  • Be able to afford the rent