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Rent Start Scheme

Do you have a property to let?

Rent Start is a Basildon Council private sector incentive scheme. It has been set up to help private landlords and agents find suitable tenants to rent rooms in shared houses, bedsits, studio flats and self-contained one bedroom flats or houses.

Rent Start is aimed at landlords with rooms to rent on assured shorthold tenancies within the borough and its surrounding areas.

If you are a landlord with accommodation for rent and would like to explore the possibility of working with Basildon Council we would like to hear from you.

Basildon Council - Rent Start Information Leaflet - August 2018 (PDF) [552KB] (opens new window)

What Rent Start offers you

We understand that your property is your investment. With an emphasis on sustainable tenancies and a track record of successfully creating, supporting and managing in the region of 11,000 social tenancies, we are delighted to extend our experience into the private sector, offering you the security of working with an organisation that has a commitment to creating opportunity and getting the basics right.

We will work with you to make letting your property as easy as possible, saving you time and, where we can, mitigating some of the risks involved with letting property. We will also provide access to a wide range of information which can help you run your business.

Rent Start package

  • A choice of tenants who have been assessed to ensure they can afford the tenancy and have the skills in place to maintain it successfully
  • Payment of one month's rent in advance
  • A deposit bond equal to one month's rent to cover against damage or rent arrears.


If you are specifically interested in the Rent Start offer and wish to make an application, please fill in our application form below and complete and return the application pack too.

Complete your Property Solutions application online here

Basildon Council - Rent Start Application Form - August 2018 (PDF) [466KB] (opens new window)