Deposit guarantee scheme

The Deposit Guarantee Scheme can help people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, to access private rented sector housing if they are not able to pay the deposit normally required by a landlord.

Under the Deposit Guarantee Scheme, we will guarantee that the deposit will be paid if any damage is done to the property while the tenant is living there. The deposit will be the equivalent of a maximum of two months’ rent.

Tenants are required to enter into a repayment plan with their landlord to make a weekly/monthly payment towards the rent deposit guarantee.

Who is eligible?

If you are a tenant, you can apply for the scheme if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and meet the following criteria:

  • on a low income (qualifying criteria)
  • eligible for housing benefits
  • unable to raise the full rent deposit by own means
  • have difficulty in accessing social housing
  • able to sustain a tenancy with reasonable housing support

You will not be eligible if you have:

  • rent arrears on previous tenancies
  • been served with an Anti Social Behaviour Order
  • other reasons that may jeopardise a tenancy

If you are a landlord, you will be expected to meet a range of good practice criteria as recommended by Scottish Government. You will also need to be registered as a private landlord.

How long will the deposit guarantee be for?

The deposit guarantee will cover a minimum six month tenancy agreement.

Find out more

For more information, contact Homelessness Services.

Download Deposit Guarantee Scheme Guide Download advice and information about living in the private rented sector Download the homelessness strategy Download the Scottish Borders Homelessness service leaflet