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Bond Scheme

The Flintshire County Council ("the Council") Bond Scheme may be able to help people who cannot afford the cash deposit when trying to rent a property from a private landlord or agent.

The aim of the Bond Scheme is to offer assistance by providing a Bond in place of the cash deposit in order to help people secure suitable, affordable accommodation in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). 

Applicants generally need to be able to demonstrate that they have a “recognised housing need” rather than a “wish” to move in order for the Council to consider providing assistance. 

Applicants will need to complete a Housing Triage Assessment to demonstrate that they have a “recognised housing need”. To do this please call 01352 703777 or visit your nearest Flintshire Connects office.

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness we will aim to prevent you from becoming homeless. We will do everything they can to help you remain in your home, or help you to secure a new home quickly if you cannot remain where you are. There are various reasons why a person may be homeless or threatened with homelessness and our officers are here to help. 

For those applicants who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, it is important that you contact us on 01352 703777 or visit your nearest Flintshire Connects office at the earliest opportunity, as you will you will need to complete a Housing Triage Assessment.

The Council operates various schemes including the Bond Scheme to assist eligible applicants to secure accommodation in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) which may include payment of rent in advance and a deposit on their behalf. 

When securing accommodation in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), applicants generally need to pay rent in advance and a deposit to the landlord or agent. The Bond Scheme is designed to help with the deposit.

The aim of the Bond Scheme is to provide a guarantee in place of a cash deposit to assist people to secure private rented accommodation.

Please find summary of the Bond scheme below;

  • The Bond is not intended to be for the lifetime of the tenancy, rather it is to enable the applicant to secure suitable accommodation and provide them with ‘breathing space’ to save their own cash deposit.
  • A Bond may be issued in place of the cash deposit and is issued to the landlord or agent. The Bond is generally in place for 12 months.
  • It is expected that during this time, the applicant (i.e. tenant) will have saved up so that they can replace the Bond with the cash deposit and pay the deposit directly to the landlord or agent.
  • Once the landlord or agent has received the cash deposit, they have 30 days to advise the tenant of:
    • The address of the rented property;
    • How much despoit has been paid;
    • How the deposit is protected;
    • The name and contact details of the Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) scheme and its dispute resolution service;
    • Their (or the letting agency’s) name and contact details;
    • The name and contact details of any third party that’s paid the deposit;
    • Why they would keep some or all of the deposit;
    • How to apply to get the deposit back;
    • What to do if the tenant can't get hold of the landlord at the end of the tenancy;
    • What to do if there’s a dispute over the deposit.

  • Applicants may wish to consider opening a Credit Union account or separate bank account in order to help them to save their cash deposit.
  • If the applicant / tenant leaves the property whilst the Bond is in place and there should be rent arrears or damage to the property, then just as the landlord or agent would retain some or all of the cash deposit, if paid, they can make a claim against the Bond.
  • Providing that there is supporting evidence, then the Council would be obliged to reimburse the landlord up to the value of the Bond (i.e. the deposit). Depending on the circumstances the Council may then recharge you.
  • All private rented property in Wales must now be registered and licensed with Rent Smart Wales (RSW) for more information go to Rent Smart Wales and unless an exemption applies must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of no less than an “E” rating. Energy Performance certificates may be accessed on the Rent Smart Wales website once a property has been identified via Rent Smart Wales - Check Register.

Applicants may wish to view the Rent Smart Wales website prior to viewing a property to ensure that it is registered and licensed. As various checks need to be undertaken including affordability and suitability, we would ask that if you should require assistance from the Council to secure a property that you speak with us first in order to gain our agreement before committing yourself to a tenancy as we would be unable to provide assistance retrospectively.

Applicants may also wish to use benefit calculator websites such as Turn To Us and Entitled To in order to gain an indication of any benefits, if any, that you may be able to claim including help with housing costs and Council Tax. 

If a tenant has a Bond instead of a cash deposit or if you have a property to rent and would be willing to consider accepting a Bond instead of a cash deposit, contact our Bond Team via Landlord Support: 01352 703811 or Landlord.Support@flintshire.gov.uk.