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Find a place to live

If you are looking for a place to live in New Forest, we can offer advice and support.

Private housing

We have limited social housing available to rent, so part of our housing strategy is to assist and support people in private housing.

For basic guidance on what it means to rent privately, the how to rent booklet is an ideal starting point. You can download the booklet below.

How to Rent booklet (PDF) [538KB] (opens new window)

Finding a private home

If you want to find a private home to rent, there are a number of private renting agencies located in New Forest. They can find you a property to rent. You will have to pay a fee, so you should find out about these fees before registering.

To find an agency, you can search the term 'letting agency' on any internet search engine. If you are claiming housing benefit, or think you may need to, you should confirm this with the agency first. Not all agencies will accept those who rely on housing benefit to help pay their rent.

Support with renting a private home

See our Private Housing pages for information for both tenants and landlords about private housing.

Our advice on housing benefit claims may be useful if you are worried you may not be able to pay all of the rent.

In some cases, we may be able to help you with your deposit. Contact our Homeless Team by phone on 023 8028 5222.

We can offer free advice if you are concerned about becoming homeless.

If you're already in private accommodation and have concerns, you can get initial advice from New Forest Citizens Advice (opens new window).

Social housing

We have our own housing stock, and we work with other social housing providers in the New Forest, to help provide homes to those on our housing register. There are eligibility requirements to join the register.

See our council housing pages for information and guidance about obtaining a home through the council.

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