It is important to know that you will need to be in education, training or employment before you will be considered for independent housing once you are 18. You will also need to show the Care Leavers 18+ Service that you can budget, cook and keep your home tidy.
If you are living out of county, your personal adviser will inform you about your housing options.
When you are in independent accommodation, you are responsible for yourself and for paying your bills, including Council Tax. You will need to work with your personal adviser who can help you keep on top of bills and paying your rent, as well as how to abide by your tenancy agreement. If you do not keep to your tenancy agreement or pay your rent, you may be at risk of eviction and homelessness.
The Care Leavers 18+ Service will support you with applying so you can access registered social landlords, also known as housing associations. If your application is successful, you will get a tenancy of your own.
The 18+ Service will help you with a setting up home allowance of £2000.
Kent County Council has a rent deposit and rent guarantee scheme that can be accessed by care leavers, enabling them to seek housing in the private rented sector. Speak to your personal adviser about the scheme.
Do not be in a rush to get your own property as independent living is hard, so make sure you make the right choice for you.
Read our Accommodation booklet to find out more about renting privately.