If you wish to look for a private rented property then the Bond Board may be able to assist you.
The Merthyr Tydfil Bond Board is managed and operated by The Wallich. They work in partnership with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.
The Wallich is a charity that has been working with homeless and vulnerable people for over 30 years.
It is a written guarantee that takes the place of a cash deposit. It will pay the landlord if there is any damage to the property. It will not cover any rent arrears. It is a paper certificate not a cash payment. It lasts two years. We will open a savings account with the credit union on your behalf. This is so you can save for a cash bond to use when the certificate ends.
Those households, who are homeless, threatened with homelessness, in overcrowded accommodation or in a property that is in a poor state of repair. You will also need to be on a low income.
You need to arrange a referral interview on 01495 350623. You can also be referred to the Bond Board by a Housing Solutions officer by calling into the Civic Centre. The bond board also runs a drop in surgery on a Tuesday 1.30 to 4.30pm
You will need to provide proof of I.D; such as bank statements, benefit letters and wage slips.
The decision on whether you are able to have a bond is made based on you current financial circumstances. The Wallich also need to check that the property you wish to rent is affordable.
If you have a property you wish to move into The Wallich will arrange for an environmental health officer to carry out some checks. These checks need to be carried out to ensure there are no serious hazards at the property such as whether there are secure windows and no electrical faults.
If you have presented to the Local Authority as homeless or are being helped by the Housing Solutions team we will discuss your case with the relevant officer. We will also have to discuss your case with the relevant landlord or letting agency. If you are currently receiving any support we will also discuss your case with your support worker. We will ask you to sign a form giving The Wallich permission to do this.
You can help by finding a property that you can afford. You also need to check that the landlord will accept a bond from The Wallich. You will need to raise any rent in advance or fees.
The whole process from referral interview to having the keys can take a number of weeks.
Unfortunately you are not able to have a bond if you have already signed for the property and/or moved in.