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Housing Advice & Options

If you want to move, or need to move, it is important to plan properly. Think carefully before giving up your home and make sure that anywhere you plan to move to is suitable and affordable for you.

You should not wait until a crisis to ask for advice. If you think you are at risk of losing your home, we will be able to advise you of your legal rights and may be able to help you look at ways in which you can stay in your home.

Call us on 01234 718058 and we can give you immediate advice.

Lines are open:

Monday to  Thursday : 8.45am to 5.15pm

Fridays : 8.45am to 5.00pm

Email us at housingadvice@bedford.gov.uk providing details of your situation and we will reply with advice.

Alternatively you can click here to access webform

We will assist you to try and remain in your current home.  We can give advice on tenancy rights and responsibilities. We can give you advice and support with:

·         Managing your landlord / tenant relationship

·         How a landlord can end your tenancy

·         Illegal eviction

·         Mediation with family and friends who are asking you to leave

·         Relationship breakdown

·         Claiming benefits to help you stay in your property

·         Managing debt to reduce arrears

Even if your landlord or mortgage lender has asked you to leave, you may not have to leave immediately. In most cases you have a right to be given proper notice and a court order before you have to leave your home.

If you are a lodger in your landlord’s home they can ask you to leave without going to court to evict you.


Finding accommodation

If you need to find a new home we can give you advice on subjects such as:

  • How to apply for Social Housing, click here
  • How to find Private Rented housing
  • How to apply for supported accommodation, click here
  • Low cost home ownership options, click on this link 


My Home Options is the choice based lettings scheme for Registered Providers (social housing) properties in Bedfordshire.

You will need to be registered on the scheme to bid on social rented properties. Bidding is how you tell us you are interested in the property. It does not involve any monetary payment.

There are lots of people registered on this scheme and bidding on properties so not everyone will be successful.


Private Rented Housing

Renting privately can provide a wider choice of available property types and locations. It is fast becoming the main viable housing option, particularly as there are not enough social rented properties for everyone who would like to rent one.  At first the idea of finding a private rented home may seem daunting but once you have some basic knowledge about how everything works it will be much easier to begin your search.

Advice about finding a private home click here


What happens if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness?

If you are homeless or at risk of being homeless and we have not been able to help you remain in your current home or move to other accommodation we will give advice with regards to any duties the Council has to help you. 

To view our Homelessness Strategy, please click here.


Get Advice

Citizens Advice provides a wide range of advice: Visit 7a St Paul's Square, Bedford, MK40 1SQ Tel: 0844 245 1290 or visit http://www.bedfordcab.org.uk/


Shelter offers confidential housing, welfare benefits and debt advice through a network of advice services; you can contact them on 0808 800 4444 or visit http://www.shelter.org.uk/

Duty to Refer

If you are a public body and would like to make a referral under the Duty to Refer legislation from 1st October 2018 then please click here

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This section provides helpful housing advice for people interested in and currently living in the borough. You can find information on private and social housing, related support services and homelessness.


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