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Help to Rent

April 10, 2015 8:22 AM

Help to RentHelping young adults out of the family home and into their own place

Liberal Democrats have announced plans for a new Help to Rent scheme to support young workers move out of their family home and into a rented property.

Research shows that around two million young working adults still live with their parents despite being in paid work.

Rising rental costs mean that many young workers can't afford the money needed for a tenancy deposit of the one to two month's rent expected up front unless they have financial help from their parents or friends.

Under the 'Help to Rent' scheme, young working people in England will be able to borrow up to £1,500 (£2,000 in London) from the Government to go towards their tenancy deposit.

To be eligible, tenants would need to be between 18-30 years old, in paid employment and not be home owners or seeking social housing tenancy.

Loans could be paid over one or two years and once paid off, could be used for future rental properties.

The knock-on effect of having young working adults in the family can also lead to parents having to upsize or delay the downsizing of family homes to accommodate older children, thereby reducing the availability of family homes.

Launching the scheme, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:

"Increasingly we see young people stuck in the family home as they can't afford the upfront costs of a deposit to rent a property despite having a paid job. It's simply unfair that thousands of hard-working young people still have to live in the same bedroom they lived in when children. When you get your own job, you want to stand on your own two feet, have your own space, and not have to rely on the bank of mum and dad. Our Help to Rent scheme removes this barrier to young people's independence, providing access to up to £2,000 towards their tenancy deposit so they can fly the nest and rent their own space."

Commetating on the the scheme, the Isle of Wight's parliamentary Candidate David Goodall said:

"This is a great policy to help young people start to build a life of their own and combined with the previously announced Help to Own scheme clearly demonstrate that the Liberal Democrats have a range of polices to assist with housing, as well as the basic one of build enough homes in the first place"