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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Rent in advance

When you start looking for a property, you should be sure about what you want and what you can afford. 

Landlords usually ask tenants to pay rent at the start of the month. This means that you may have to pay a month's rent in advance as well as a deposit before you move in to your accommodation. You may be able to get help to cover this rent in advance.

Many landlords will expect that you pay rent by standing order or direct debit, while others will allow you to make payments in cash. Whichever way you pay your rent, it’s essential that you keep records of all payments and have your rent book completed.

Your Universal Credit is normally paid directly to your landlord, but you can ask for it to be paid to you instead. If you get Housing Benefit, you can choose whether you want the money paid to you, to the landlord or to the estate agent. 

You can apply for financial help if you have an emergency. This includes help with rent in advance if you have to move suddenly or need to buy essential items for your new home. 

You need to apply for this help over the phone. Call Finance Support on 0800 587 2750 to apply. The phone lines can get very busy so you may need to try several times before you get through. 

Proprietarii și agenții de obicei cer chiriașilor plata la începutul fiecărei luni. Când începe un contract nou de închiriere, înseamnă că chiria pe o lună va trebui plătită în plus pe lângă depozit.

Наемодателите или агенти обикновено изискват наемателите да плащат наем в началото на всеки месец. При нов договор за наем това означава, че първия месец наем ще трябва да се плати в допълнение към депозита.

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