If you're thinking about leaving home, consider your options and think about whether it's practical to leave.
- are you old enough to consider leaving home?
- do you know how to find somewhere to live?
- have you got enough money for a deposit and for the first month's rent?
- what furniture will you need?
- do you know if you're eligible for any benefits or support, or where to find help?
- how much will you have to pay for food, Council Tax, electricity, gas and a TV licence?
There's a lot to think about, but there are support services that can help answer your questions.
To work out your best option, make sure you talk to:
- friends who may already be living independently
- local youth workers at youth centres
- someone you trust for advice
- one of the Dorset youth advice and information centres
We offer support if you find yourself homeless and we also have a range of housing services.
Renting from a private landlord
Finding a home you can afford to rent doesn't mean finding a council or housing association property. There are many properties in Dorset that are available to rent from a private landlord.
A private landlord is someone who owns one or more properties that they rent out to tenants.
Why rent with a private landlord
There are advantages to renting privately:
- there are no waiting lists so you'll be able to move in quickly
- you can choose where you live and you can move to a different area if you want
- there are different types of property you can rent, from one bedroom studio flats to houses big enough for large families
- the properties are usually well decorated and carpeted; this is not always the case with social housing
- the properties often come with a fridge, freezer and washing machine
- if you're on a low income you may be entitled to Housing Benefit which will cover some or all of your rent
Where to find a property
You can find properties to rent by:
- searching for local letting agencies online
- checking websites such as:
- checking local newspapers
View the property
Once you find a suitable property you'll need to go and have a look at it.
It's a good idea to take a list of things to check so you don't forget about anything when you're there.
We can help you
Contact one of our housing advice teams if you need help renting a property.
Action for Children's Dorset Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged between 16 and 25. Young people can stay in the home of a carefully recruited, fully checked and trained volunteer, supported by project staff. Accommodation is on a one-night-at-a-time basis, for a maximum of 3 nights.
If you find yourself homeless, Nightstop can offer a safe and friendly environment, giving agencies time to find a long-term solution for you.