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If you need a new home, you should look for a private rented property as soon as possible. You are much more likely to be able to rent privately than to get a social housing property.

Most people will be on the housing register for years and may never get a social housing property.

Private renting is when you rent your home from somebody else. That person usually owns the property. It’s the best option because you can:

  • search for properties that you like
  • choose the area you want to live in
  • usually move in quickly