Cost of renting
Approximate costs of renting in the private sector in the Chiltern area can vary between £750 - £950 for a one bedroom property and from £900 - £1200 for a two bedroom property. Larger properties in sought after areas will attract higher rents.
When looking to rent privately you should be realistic about what you can afford. It is wise to look carefully at your income and consider what your outgoings are. You can download a to assist you with this.
If you are in receipt of benefits or on a low income, you may be entitled to some assistance with your rent through Housing Benefit. You can get an idea of how much Housing Benefit you may receive by inputting your details and income into the Housing Benefit calculator. Please remember that this will be an indication only and cannot be relied upon. It would be wise to contact the Housing Benefit department directly for a more comprehensive assessment once you have found a property. An assessment can only be done once you have a property in mind.
Once you have an idea about what your budget is you can start looking for somewhere to live. The property should be suitable for your family's needs, especially if you are planning to apply for Housing Benefit. Check Housing Allowance for confirmation of the size of property appropriate to your needs. You will also be able to look at the current maximum rent level for that size of property. Housing Benefit is always paid in arrears and it may take little while for your first Housing Benefit payment to come through.