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Online Guides & Resources

Citizens Advice provide a wide resource of advice, information and guidance relating to housing and homelessness issues at the following link:

Housing Resources – Citizens Advice Scotland

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Housing issues can always arise and therefore it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities. You may also find yourself threatened with eviction if you can’t cope with your mortgage or rent payments.

Dumfries & Galloway Citizens Advice Service offers advice on many aspects of housing, from rental problems through to homelessness. Our specialist housing advisers are fully-trained and here to help. We can provide information about how to go about renting or buying a home or simply finding somewhere to live.

We can also advise on handling problems with your landlord and help to avoid losing your home.

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Housing issues will always arise and therefore you need to know your rights and responsibilities. You could also find yourself threatened with eviction if you can’t cope with your mortgage payments.

On these pages you can find information about how to go about renting or buying a home or just finding somewhere to live. You can also find advice on handling problems with your landlord and help to avoid losing your home.

Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme

  • Do you need a deposit to rent a private rented sector tenancy in Dumfries and Galloway?
  • Are you on a low wage or receive means tested benefits and live in Dumfries and Galloway?

Then the Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme may be able to assist you!
Most private landlords require a cash deposit as security before agreeing to a tenancy. This deposit covers the cost of any damage or losses at the property caused by the tenant.

The Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme assists people on low incomes who are unable to find a cash deposit by providing landlords with a rent deposit guarantee bond of up to one calendar month’s rent. The bond lasts the length of the persons tenancy.

Home Energy Scotland Fund Finder

Making your home more efficient can help lower your energy bills, but the upfront cost of improvements like insulation or heating often puts people off.

The good news is, Home Energy Scotland can help with that. We’ll let you know what funding is available to you – you might be able to spread the cost with an interest-free loan, or get a grant to cover much needed home improvements.

Trusted Trader scheme

Our Trusted Trader scheme helps you to choose a reputable trader from customer feedback.

The scheme is currently aimed mainly at home improvement traders. The traders are reviewed by customers as well as checked and monitored by us to make sure they’re trading legally.

 
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