The deposit guarantee scheme (DGS) is an initiative set up by Swindon Borough Council which is designed to help you to get into rented accommodation in the private rented sector.
Under the guarantee scheme we will agree to guarantee a deposit for eligible households to encourage landlords to make accommodation available to such persons. Please note that this is not a cash payment.
At the end of the tenancy the landlord or agent may be able to make an application under the scheme to settle any legitimate claim for damages. You will then pay back Swindon Borough Council the money owed, by setting up a weekly repayment.
How to apply
Download a form (Deposit Guarantee Scheme link - right), collect an application form from the main reception at the Swindon Council, or e-mail request using e-mail address below
Complete the form and return either by hand or post (address below)
Once the form has been received by the Housing Options team, you will receive a phone call from a member of the team to discuss your housing situation
Your housing options officer will contact you by phone, e-mail or post with a decision. If your application is refused, you will be told why.
Please be aware that the deposit guarantee scheme can only be offered for a property that is deemed affordable for you. This follows the same criteria as the local housing allowance rates. For more information, please see the Housing Benefit advice page.
What happens next?
The offer letter is not the deposit guarantee scheme and your landlord will not be able to claim against the deposit if you only have the offer letter. You will need to come back into the offices during allotted times to set up the contracts with a member of the Private Rented Sector team. All details will be found on the offer letter.
Housing Options Team - Tel: 01793 445503, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post: Wat Tyler House East, Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH (post)
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the eligibility criteria for the DGS?
The Deposit Guarantee Scheme is a discretionary offer, and is based on your individual circumstances. There is not a fixed eligibility criteria, but you may not be offered the scheme if:
- it is reasonable for you to stay in your current property
- you owe money to a local authority or housing assocation
- you have no local connection to Swindon
- you have been evicted from previous tenancies for rent arrears or anti-social behaviour in the past
- How long will it take for my application to be processed
Once you have handed your completed application in, we aim to contact you with a decision within 5 working days