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Team up to share costs

For single people looking to share accommodation within the private sector, The Tenancy Share team with Trust in Fife provides a bespoke service including advice and guidnace on sharing, property searches, legal property requirements, assistance to set-up your tenancy, building relationships with your flatmates and landlord.

Sharing private rental accommodation is far cheaper than paying all the bills yourself on a single occupant property.

Local housing allowance for under 35s does not cover the cost of a 1 bedroom private let, so it makes financial sense to team up and divide rental costs.

Sharing also lessens the feeling of isolation, gives you peer support in your home and offers the opportunity to make new friends.

If you dont have anyone you can share with, Trust in Fife’s Tenancy Share scheme may be able to introduce you to potential sharers, find others in a similar situation and guide you through the process of finding shared private rental accommodation. Our staff will even help you search for suitable accommodation, liaise with landlords and provide support during and after your move.

If you are under 35, on low income or benefits and would like help to find shared accommodation, you’re welcome to attend advice workshops at one of our premises, or other venues across Fife by appointment.

We’re here to talk you through everything from pre-tenancy information for sharers to access to Fife Private Rental Soluntions, our Private Rented Sector Hub and deposit guarantee service.

We might be able to help you access a temporary place to stay, either at one of our accommodation units in Kirkcaldy, or one of the other units across Fife. We will be able to offer the tenancy share option no matter where in Fife you are living.


What advice do information sessions offer?

We tailor our information sessions to suit your individual needs, experience and knowledge of housing.

Topics covered may include:

  • What is involved in a shared tenancy? Budgeting, finances and shared expenses
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Legal paperwork involved in a tenancy and landlords’ responsibilities
  • Fife Private Rental Solutions our Private Rented Sector Hub
  • Finding a home and things to consider when looking for a property

Staff within the Tenancy Share team can also assist with property searches and attend viewings.

How can I be referred to Tenancy Share?

The first step is to approach Fife Private Rental Solutions direct, however to enhance your options you can go to a Fife Council Local Office, where staff there will talk you through your housing options, please let then know you are interested in Tenancy Share, or you can carry out a self assessment online at FHR.

If you are already registered homeless, please ask your Homeless Optisons Officer for a referral to Fife Private Rental Solutions, requesting the Tenancy Share Scheme.

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