Housing options

Deciding where to live depends on circumstances such as your income, where you work and available housing. This advice guide is for single parents who would like to know their main renting and home ownership options. It also includes information on leaving or staying in the family home when you separate from your partner.

Please note that some of the information and monetary figures in this section have been updated and will be valid from 1st April.

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Renting a home

Your two main options are renting a home from a social landlord or a private landlord.

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What financial help is available to pay my rent?

Depending on your circumstances you may get financial help to pay your rent to a social landlord or private landlord through housing benefit, or universal credit.

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Owning a home

Before you decide you are ready to buy a property, you will be considering where you would like to live, whether it is near the children’s school or your work, the size of property you need, as well as any other requirements that you can’t compromise on.

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Housing options when separating

Your options to consider when separating from a partner when you are deciding to stay or leave the home you shared.

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Staying or leaving a rented home after a separation

This information includes agreements about remaining in your home, whether owning or renting.

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Staying or leaving an owned home after separation

This information includes questions about staying or leaving your home and selling and mortgaging questions.

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Other help with your home

Further sources of help for you and your home including loans, grants and funds.

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