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Leaving care and getting your own place is a big step. You might feel excited but also worried and a bit unsettled. Being well prepared can help make sure your move and your time in your new place goes well.


Breathing space


Leaving care and getting your own place is a big step. You might feel excited but also worried and a bit unsettled. Being well prepared can help make sure your move and your time in your new place goes well.


Important deadline for EU/EEA nationals


Leaving care and getting your own place is a big step. You might feel excited but also worried and a bit unsettled. Being well prepared can help make sure your move and your time in your new place goes well.


Worried about a young person?


A young person may display subtle signs of being at risk of losing their home. A young person, over the age of 16 and living with their parents, has no legal right to stay in the family home if his or her parents ask them to leave.


My landlord has started court proceedings to evict me


What will happen next? Is your landlord using the accelerated possession procedure? Get advice from Shelter Cymru if court proceedings have started. An adviser can help speak to your landlord, deal with court papers and speak at any court hearing. Read our advice pages, ring our helpline or use our webchat.


LGBTQ+


No one should ever treat you badly because of your sexuality or gender identity. There are laws in place to protect you. If you feel that you are being harassed or discriminated against it is important to get advice.


Young carers


If you are under 18 and help to look after someone who has a disability, a mental health condition, an illness, drug and alcohol problems, or if you act as an interpreter for them, then you may be a young carer. You don’t have to be living in the same house as the person you care for.


Living with family


Living with family members can sometimes raise lots of different housing issues and questions.


Homelessness Application Guide


Step-by-step guide to making a homelessness application. If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness in 56 days, you should make an application to your local council. The council should give you free information and advice and if you are eligible for further help, they will do an assessment.


Students


Finding a suitable place you can afford as a student can be difficult but there are options available. Think carefully before you enter into any agreement to rent somewhere. Make sure the property is right for you and that you have enough money to pay the rent and the bills.


Having problems with your landlord


Renting your own place can be exciting but things don’t always run smoothly. If problems happen make sure you speak to someone you trust and get advice if you need to.


Repairs and bad conditions


If you are renting a property, your landlord will be responsible for most major repairs. Tenants are usually only responsible for minor maintenance, and for putting right any damage they have caused.


Eviction


Facing eviction can be very frightening and stressful. Try to speak to an adviser as soon as you can. They can explain things to you and might be able to help you take action to get yourself more time or even stop the eviction.


Rent arrears


If you fall behind paying your rent, don’t bury your head in the sand. Act quickly to stop problems getting worse. Contact your landlord as soon as possible and explain that you are struggling. If your landlord knows what the problem is they are more likely to be sympathetic to you.


Ending your tenancy


If you want to leave your rented home, it is important that you end your tenancy agreement correctly. You usually have to give written notice to your landlord if you want to end your tenancy. The type and amount of notice you have to give depends on the type of agreement you have.


Money Matters


Living on your own can be expensive. It’s important to budget and think carefully about what you can afford. Use the Money Advice Service budget planner to help you.


Setting up your first home


Setting up your first home is a big step. Make sure you think everything through carefully before moving in and paying any money over. Who will you rent from? Will you live alone or share with others? How will you pay for the rent and bills?


Sofa Surfing


You don’t have to be sleeping on the streets to be homeless. If you are staying with friends or family and have no place to call your own, you are probably experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’ and entitled to help. It is important that you speak to someone you trust and get help to find somewhere safe to live.


Prison leavers


If you are going into prison or already in prison, it’s important that you sort out any housing issues so you don’t have problems when you are released.


Supported housing


Living in supported housing means you might be able to; get help with day to day activities, like paying your bills or shopping, plan for living on your own, have someone to talk to.


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We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 08000 495 495.

This page was last updated on: January 12, 2021

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