First things first, you will be required to fill in a tenant reference check, the document must be returned to DWP Housing with a £20 fee.  Please note at this stage we cannot hold a property for you.

To consider:

  • £20 reference fee is non-refundable, however your reference check will be current for 6 months.
  • If you are under 25 or have no previous renting history you will need a guarantor. To find out what it means to be a guarantor or why you may need one, please read our information sheet

If you have already found a property you would like to rent from us and your reference check has been approved, you will need to come in the office to fill in an application form and place a non-refundable £250 deposit to reserve the property (the holding deposit will be taken off the final deposit upon moving in) At this stage you will need to provide a government approved photo ID, your National Insurance number and proof of income.

Once all of the above is sorted you will come in the office to sign your tenancy agreement, and pay your first month rent, deposit and admin fee.

At a glance, what you will need;

  • Completed Tenancy Reference document and return to DWP Housing.  Collect from office or download here
  • Budget of:
    • £20 Reference fee
    • £70 Admin fee
    • 1 month rent
    • Deposit
    • £20 Guarantor fee check (if required)
    • Inventory fee –
      • Rooms and Studios – £50
      • 1 bedroom property – £60
      • 2 bedroom property – £80
      • 3 bedroom property – £100
      • 4 bedroom property – £120
  • A Guarantor if your circumstances require (find out more here)
  • Government approved photo ID such as a passport
  • National Insurance Number
  • Proof of income

Download and print Tenancy Reference Form. Once you have filled this out please return to DWP Housing, 25a St. Clements Road, Bournemouth. BH1 4DU

It is much easier to pop in the office with all your forms once completed rather than posting, because we do need to see original documents.

DWP Housing comply with the right to rent legislation, more information can be found about compliance here

What do our tenants have to say about us.

  • After hearing so many bad reports about DWP I was very hesitant with going with yourselves. Everything I had heard was unfounded. Bex and Jo really looked after me well and are a real asset to DWP. All I wanted was to be treated how I like to be treated and I was. I am very happy!!


    Deborah | Boscombe

  • We were very impressed with the professionalism of the staff at DWP. Also very friendly and helpful. We mainly dealt with Bex, who showed us around the new apartments and helped us deal with all the paperwork etc. She was always ready and happy to answer any questions we had.


    Mr and Mrs Savill | Calendula Place

  • DWP were really helpful and caring when I needed to transfer from the Winton area to Charminster, especially Bex who could not have done anymore and has always gone that extra mile.


    Emma Randall | Charminster

  • Dear DWP, many thanks for arranging the boiler repair visit and thanks for fixing door latch quickly. Staff sent, very quick and efficient.


    Michael | Bournemouth

  • Many thanks to Morgan & the maintainance team at DWP Housing, we lost all electrics which are essential for our business at 4pm on Wednesday, all up & running again by 11am the next day, Many thanks


    Ian | Bournemouth

  • Very helpful in helping me regards to finding a property, appreicate all the help and support whilst dealing with DWP. Michelle has been great.


    Jade Donnelly

  • Very helpful and friendly. Lovely flat and if I experienced any problems these were sorted as soon as possible.


    Jade | Ferndown

  • I can’t say anything but good things about this landlord. Even when stuff was difficult they gave me a chance…thanks Mike, Sally and the team. Even when I got into serious rent arrears you were able to help sort a payment plan. So much so I left with my full deposit which shocked us all. Keep doing good stuff and thanks for the chance.


    Isha | Bournemouth

  • My wife and I have been tenants for nearly nine years and are very happy in our apartment. During that time any issues have been dealt with speedily, efficiently and to our entire satisfaction. We can thoroughly recommend DWP to any perspective tenants.


    A Kellett | Wallisdown

  • During the two years I have been a tenant of DWP I found the office staff always very helpful, particulary Michelle and Becks. They are an asset and compassionate and professional these two ladies are a credit to the company.


    MJ Walsh | Boscombe