Looking for a property

It can take time and it can sometimes be hard to find suitable affordable private rented accommodation, although this depends greatly upon the housing market in the local area.

The various types of private rented accommodation include:

  • self-contained houses or flats
  • part of a house shared with other people
  • flats and houses with a landlord who lives in another part of the same building
  • flats or houses with a landlord who shares the same flat or house as the tenant

The type of accommodation will be one of the factors in establishing what rights the occupier has. For further information about accomodation types and Tenancy support please visit the Shelter website.

Tenant Fees Act 2018

The aim of the Act is to reduce the costs that tenants can face at the outset and throughout a tenancy. Tenants will be able to see, at a glance, what a given property will cost them in the advertised rent with no hidden costs.

The Tenant Fees Act bans most letting fees and caps tenancy deposits paid by tenants in the private rented sector in England. The ban on tenant fees applies to new or renewed tenancy agreements signed on or after 1 June 2019.

The government guidance on the Act for tenants, landlords and letting agents helps explain how this legislation affects them.

Housing Associations

If you are looking for an affordable home in Portsmouth, there are many options to rent or buy, depending on where you would like to live, your age, and whether you need help to maintain your independence. Housing associations, trusts and co-operatives develop new homes in and around Portsmouth. Also known as private Registered Providers (PRPs), they are independent organisations registered with the Homes and Communities Agency. Portsmouth City Council works in partnership with a number of PRPs - please see the list below:

  • Affinity Sutton
  • Vivid
  • Guinness Hermitage
  • Hyde Housing
  • Radian
  • Southern Housing Group