Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme

Helping people who want to live in the private rented sector

North Lanarkshire Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme (or RDG scheme) provides a 'guarantee' to a private landlord instead of a tenant providing a cash deposit immediately. The guarantee is to assist people who want to live in the private rented sector but who are unable to raise the cash deposit themselves.

The RDG scheme is managed by North Lanarkshire Council.

Who can access the RDG Scheme?

The RDG scheme is open to:

  • Applicants seeking accommodation in North Lanarkshire
  • Aged 16 years and over
  • Have a level of housing need
  • Are on a low income and therefore unable to raise the deposit on their own

How do I apply for the RDG scheme?

Please contact your local First Stop Shop for information.   A local Housing Advisor will ask you a number of questions to establish if there is a need for you to access the RDG scheme or if there are more suitable housing options available to you.

How much is the Rent Deposit Guarantee?

The deposit is equal in value to one month's rent. If you claim housing benefit, then the deposit will be set at the Local Housing Allowance Rate per bedroom you need up to a four bedroom property.  

How long does the RDG Scheme last for?

The rent deposit guarantee will last for 6 months.  This can be renewed for a further 6 months depending on the circumstances and with agreement from both you as the tenant and the landlord.

What is covered by the RDG Scheme?

The rent deposit will only be paid out if you leave without giving four weeks notice or property damage has occurred and is not covered by insurance.  Any claim is limited to the value of the deposit guarantee.

How can I find out more about the North Lanarkshire RDG scheme?

Please use the 'contact us' box if you have any questions. For more information see 'downloads'.

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