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Housing advice for young people

Find a place to live

Moving out of home is a big step. It is expensive and may take you a while to find somewhere.


If you rent a room, flat or house you will pay rent to a private landlord or estate agent, usually a month in advance. You can find details of properties to rent at:

  • Local estate agents
  • Local newspapers

Also on the website:

Can I get housing benefit to cover my rent?

If you are on housing benefit, you can claim benefits to cover the rent of a room in a shared house or flat until you are 35.

You cannot claim housing benefit to cover the cost of a one bedroom rented flat

  • you are a care leaver age up to 25 years old
  • you are living as a couple
  • you are severely disabled, or
  • you are responsible for a child

The amount of housing benefit you are entitled to is different in each local authority area. You can use the link to find out how much Housing Benefit you will get in your area: 

Social or ‘council’ housing

Social housing, often known as ‘council’ housing, is housing that is affordable to people on low incomes. It is provided by councils and not-for-profit organisations such as housing associations.

The waiting time for social housing varies across East Sussex. It will also depend on your situation – you will be put in band A, B, C or D – and the length of time you have been registered. Realistically you could wait quite a while. For example, the average waiting time for someone in Band C waiting for a one-bedroom flat in Hastings is 16 months. For accurate waiting times and to register for social housing:

Buying a flat or house

If you are thinking about buying a property, you will need to discuss your options and how you will meet the repayments on any mortgage with your bank, financial adviser or estate agent.

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