Housing and Your Home

Housing and Your Home General Information

Buying Your Own Home

govukFind out the process you need to follow when buying a home, including working out your budget and applying for a mortgage. You can also get help to buy a property, through affordable home ownership schemes.
Access a  step by step guide to buying your home

Council Tax

citizensabCouncil tax is a system of local taxation collected by local authorities. It is a tax on domestic property. Some property is exempt from council tax. Some people do not have to pay council tax and some people get a discount.

Read more here!

Ground Rent

shelter-white-largeGround rent is a fee you have to pay to the freeholder as a condition of your lease.

Access more information from Shelter here.

Housing Benefit

govukFor basic information about getting Housing Benefit money to help pay all or part of your rent visit the GOV.UK website here.

Insuring Your Home

moneysavingexpertHomeowners insurance protects your home, its contents, and, indirectly, your other assets in the event of fires, theft, accidents or other disasters.

Read more here!

Mortgage Arrears

citizensabIf you can’t meet your mortgage repayments, or you’re worried you might fall behind, you should contact your lender as soon as possible. Making early contact means that there may be more options available to you.
Read more here!

Mortgages

citizensabWhen planning to buy your own home it is important to prepare yourself as much as possible, gather information on the different mortgage options and deals available.  Read more here!

Rent Arrears

govukIf your rent is not paid, the money owed is called ‘rent arrears’. Rent arrears are ‘priority debts’, which means the consequences of not dealing with them are serious – there is a risk of eviction.
Read more here!

Renting

govukAdvice for landlords and tenants on deposit protection, tenancy rights and responsibilities, health and safety and repairs……

Read more here!

Tradesmen

checkedandvetted-logoTake the risk out of choosing a tradesman by using a member of Checked & Vetted To find a reliable, vetted tradesman with a good track record, please visit:
www.checkedandvetted.com or ring 0191 65 111 65

TV Licence

tvFor a wealth of information about the TV license, who needs to pay it and how to pay click here.

Utility Bills

If you’re having trouble paying utility bills, such as gas and electricity, it’s important to address the problem. Utility companies (except water suppliers) can cut off your supply. Even a phone bill is a priority if you need the phone to earn your living. Read more on what to do if you have overdue utility bills.

Water

Find out if switching to a water meter could save you money.

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Housing and Your Home in South Tyneside

From finding a home, renting or buying your home, maintaining your home or dealing with difficult neighbours.

For information on all things housing in South Tyneside, click here!

Thinking of renting privately?
Good Tenants Scheme – South Tyneside

The Good Tenants Scheme is a free referencing and bond guarantee service for landlords and residents within South Tyneside.

The scheme can help to reduce the up front costs for someone who wants to rent a property from a private landlord in the form a £500 bond guarantee. The Good Tenants Scheme also helps to protect the interests of landlords by providing a referenced tenant. Click here for more information!

For a list of Housing Associations in South Tyneside Click here!

Social Housing

Social housing is housing that is let at low rents and on a secure basis to people in housing need. It is generally provided by councils and not-for-profit organisations such as housing associations. South Tyneside Homes provide this service in South Tyneside.


There will be many more organisations and services available – if you know of any please share this info with us by sending it to admin@wellbeinginfo.org

Housing and Your Home in Sunderland

From finding a home, renting or buying your home, maintaining your home or dealing with difficult neighbours.

Sunderland City Councils ‘Choosing Somewhere to Live’ pages give information on a range of housing options available for older people, people with a physical or sensory impairment, learning disability or mental health need.

Information on neighbour disputes, small repairs, adaptations, domestic abuse, debt, etc. Click here!

Social Housing

Social housing is housing that is let at low rents and on a secure basis to people in housing need. It is generally provided by councils and not-for-profit organisations such as housing associations.
Gentoo Sunderland provide this service in Sunderland.

Thinking of renting privately?

The landlords listed here are all part of the City of Sunderland Voluntary Accreditation Scheme and as such guarantee certain standards.

My home is in a state of disrepair

Housing and Council Tax Benefit Form

Click here – You can make secure online claims for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit (or Local Council Tax Support). The form guides you through the process, highlighting any error or anything you may have missed.

Homelessness

The Sunderland Council website offers advice on all housing issues, including how to prevent homelessness and what to do if you have been made homeless.  Go to: www.sunderland.gov.uk

Sunderland City Council – Access to Housing Team

Sunderland City councilIf you are homeless you can contact: housing@sunderland.gov.uk or
0191 520 5551.  This team are based in the Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DN

YMCA Sunderland

ymcasunderlandTo work with the homeless to offer support, create opportunities, to change an improve lives with not only people who reside at the project but also those from the local community.
Visit: http://www.sunderlandymca.org.uk/about-us/? to read more.

Homeless UK

homelessuk_big_051012_displayTheir website has a directory of hostels and other accommodation projects.
Click here!

Speculation Place Project in Concord, Washington

WINNWe are a sign posting service that supports excluded groups of the community and aims to re-engage them back into mainstream services. The drop-in centre is a service where anyone can present with any issues during the times of 9am and 2pm, Monday to Thursday, and can come have a cuppa, snacks and chat with other service users. A support planning form will be completed to help identify the individuals support needs. The individual will then be referred to the appropriate support agency and supported by WWIN staff to co-ordinate and attend their appointments.

Issues people present with are primarily around homelessness, general housing problems, welfare advice, mental health, drug and alcohol issues, isolation, benefits advice and education and employment information.

We have a donation room there with plenty of clothes for people to take for free, children’s and adults clothes. We often get furniture donations, household accessories, pushchairs and other baby equipment too.

Contact: 0191 416 7300

There will be many more organisations and services available – if you know of any please share this info with us by sending it to admin@wellbeinginfo.org


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