Deposit Guarantee Scheme

The Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) is for people who need to find privately rented accommodation but cannot afford a deposit.

Under the scheme the landlord accepts Reading Borough Council's guarantee to cover the cost of any loss or damage to the property (beyond fair wear and tear) instead of a cash deposit. The maximum amount guaranteed is one month's rent.

The guarantee can last for up to two years - during this time the tenant must save towards their own deposit.