Access Scheme (Deposit Guarantee)

Topic last updated April 2019

 

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What is it?

Additional Funding 2019-20

Applicant Leaflet

Referral

Referral Guidance

What is it?

The Access Scheme allows people with a local connection to Cambridge City to access private rented property. The scheme is suitable for people seeking shared, self-contained, or family accommodation and who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

CCC offer suitable applicants either a bond/guarantee or a sum of money paid on their behalf to help with the first month’s rent and the deposit. If money is paid to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf, the Council arranges with the tenant for the money to be repaid. Any deposit that is to be returned at the end of the tenancy would be paid back to the tenant.

Lettings supported under the scheme would need to be of a good standard. Caravans are not considered suitable. In the short term, and very rarely, Homeless Prevention Fund might be used to secure a property if it would not normally qualify for Access Scheme support (subject to approval).

Additional Funding 2019-20

In 2019-20, we have received a funding boost to the council’s access scheme, which allows us to do the following:

 

 

Individuals benefitting from this help will have low to medium support needs, and will be able to maintain their own tenancy after a period of support commensurate with their needs. Individuals may currently be residing in hostels, in temporary accommodation, or may be sofa-surfing / rough sleeping.

 

To assist with the council’s efforts under the Homelessness Reduction Act we have ring-fenced a proportion of the funds (equivalent to a minimum of six loans) for individuals to whom we owe a prevention duty under the HRA, who are not locally connected to Cambridge City. This is something we’ve not previously been able to do under the terms of our Access Scheme funding.

 

Applicant Leaflet

 

The leaflet is available here.

 

Referral

In order to refer an applicant to the scheme, first discuss the case with the Landlord Liaison Officer, then, if appropriate, complete the Common Referral Form

 

Referral Guidance

It is vital that the income and expenditure information is completed as clearly as possible, so that affordability can be calculated. For more information on affordability, click here.