Rent in advance applications from the Social Fund can be classed as Crisis loans, or Budgeting Loans depending on how quickly you will need to move and secure a new property and are awarded to help people to secure a property when there is a present risk to their health and safety, or when they have nowhere to live.

What is a Rent in Advance loan?

Rent in advance can be applied for either in writing using the form SF401 ( in our downloads and resources section) or you can apply over the telephone for an immediate decision.


You are not able to apply and be awarded help Rent in advance when moving into a new house or flat that is owned or managed by the Local Authority, so you must have a private landlord OR housing association offers.

Once you have identified a property, you should approach the landlord and agree on terms of the tenancy by way of obtaining a tenancy agreement, this should show not only the address of the new house or flat but also the name of the landlord or housing association that you are planning to rent from.

How can I apply for a Rent In Advance loan?

Valid Tenancy agreements have clear details of the terms of the tenancy, including monthly rants and period of the lease, if your landlord has not yet provided you with one you can get one here DOWNLOAD TENANCY AGREEMENT.

Your tenancy agreement will need to be very clear in distinguishing between RENT IN ADVANCE and in a Deposit, as deposits ARE NOT covered by the social fund and will not be awarded, however in some cases you can get help with this from your Local Authority, if you are claiming housing benefit, it would be a good idea to inquire about help with a deposit if needed at this time.

Rent in advance crisis loans have the same limits as other Crisis Loans so you can only apply for a maximum of £1500, however, this amount will be less if you already have a debt with the social fund for any other type of loan.

Need to speak to a member of the Department for Work And Pensions about your issues? Our call connection phone numbers should be able to help – get in touch with the right department by dialling one of the contact numbers below.

Department Call Connection Phone Numbers
Rent in Advance loan 0843 509 2382
Social Fund 0843 506 0283
Crisis Loan 0843 509 2336
Jobcentre Appointments 0843 509 2322
Job Seeker’s Allowance Claims (New Claims & Existing) 0843 509 2383
Employment & Support Allowance 0843 509 2374
Income Support 0843 509 2374
Incapacity Benefit 0843 504 0374
Universal Credit (New Claims & Appointments) 0843 509 2382
Maternity Allowance 0843 504 9433
Personal Independence Payment 0843 509 2380

Calls to the Social Fund on their direct number 0800 169 0140 are free from any BT landline (this include call/phone boxes) and also includes calls from most of the larger mobile phone networks.