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Temporary accommodation

Find out how we can help those in need of emergency or temporary accommodation.

Alternative housing options

Below is a list of housing options available for you as alternatives to social housing.

Resettlement Grant Scheme (RGS)

This is a scheme for homeless households living in temporary accommodation wishing to move into the private rented sector.  We provide a one-off cash incentive, payable to the client on securing a private sector property. 

Rent Deposit

This scheme is an alternative housing route rather than moving into temporary accommodation and having to wait a considerable length of time for a permanent social housing.

The benefits of this scheme are:

  • it is a faster route to housing
  • you will have some choice in the home you wish to live in
  • you will receive a cash payment to help you relocate

If you opt for this scheme, we will do all the work for you. This includes finding you a property to rent from a private landlord in an area of your choice. We will also provide you with a payment to help you relocate. 

When we find a property, we ensure that the necessary checks have been made, including:

  • checking the tenancy agreements
  • ensuring that the property meets the council's property management standards
  • checking all safety certificates are in place

If you decide to take a property through this scheme, you will no longer be eligible to bid for council or housing association properties through our choice based lettings scheme.

If you want to find out more information and register for the scheme you can contact the Housing Solutions Service for more information.

Online: Housing Solutions Service online form

Telephone: 020 7641 1000

Email: [email protected]

Published: 30 December 2020

Last updated: 8 April 2024