What you will need to rent a private property
Many private landlords ask for a cash deposit before they will grant a tenancy. This it to act as an insurance against damage to their property. You should always check with the landlord, how much deposit will be and on what terms, before going to see a property. You will usually need to pay the deposit the day the tenancy begins along with the first rent payment (usually 4 weeks in advance).
Tenancy Deposit Protection came into force on Friday, 6 April 2007 and the Government has awarded contracts to three companies to run the scheme (details available on request).
This means that the deposit you pay will be held by one of these companies until the end of the tenancy and an independent agency will decide on any disputes about getting back your deposit. If the landlord wants a deposit, ask for the name of the company where it will be held.
The Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DiGS), helps people who need a private tenancy by providing the landlord with a guarantee rather than payment of the deposit up front.
If you cannot afford a deposit, you may be able to get help from the Deposit Guarantee Scheme, please ask for a leaflet from the Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Connexions or Community Projects Carlisle (CPC).
You might also need references from previous landlords and from your employer if you are working. You should check with the landlord what is required (such as references, credit check, deposit, how much rent in advance?) before going to see a property.