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.
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