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Answer #1 | 30/12 2013 11:56
you certainly have a lot more security with a council property. I moved into a private rent and was told the landlord wanted the property back after 6 months. Personally I'd take the security over the extra room. Also deposits and fees with private landlords are extortionate and private rents are always a lot more expensive per month than council properties.
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Answer #2 | 01/01 2014 11:28
If you have the cash for the deposit and a month's rent in advance as well as the agent's fees...then - go for it. Trouble is...once you've left the council system with it's exceptionally cheap rents...you'll never get another council place.
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Answer #3 | 01/01 2014 05:36
I'd put security ahead of almost anything. Unless you really mess up, at least you'll have a roof over your head which at any time you may not with private renting!! Even if you do behave yourself and look after the property - BEEN THERE! I'd give almost anything for Local Housing. You could go to the Council, again? and see if, depending on why you need more room (age of children, sharing, might do it) you can get yourself moved up the waiting list . Councils are always trying to get people to downsize, so you may find there is a house out there with too few people in it now. You could also advertise a swap, in your local paper - I don't know if this works, but I've seen it in our local paper.
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Answer #4 | 30/12 2013 06:31
It comes down to whish is more important to you security (though that is changing even with council properties now) or an extra room?
Answer #5 | 30/12 2013 06:31
personally I would stay were you are I don't know if you have seen some of the posts on here about private renting and landlords but they appear trapped by contracts that are biased deposits that can be with held for dubious reasons Agents that are demanding and obviously want paying from the rent if you do decide to you must read all the contract and weigh up the pros and cons you will see there is very little on your side in a dispute and you will not feel as free their demands are fierce on the use of their property they are not like a council providing affordable homes they are people making money and that's all that matters to them and I have met and dealt with quit a few of them so I am not talking through lack of knowledge
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