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Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DiGS)

The Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DiGS) has been set up to help people in need move into secure privately rented accommodation.

DiGS can provide a deposit guarantee in the form of a written bond to cover the deposit required by a landlord for damage or theft.

DiGS is a charity funded by various statutory and voluntary agencies. It provides help with tenancies in the South Lakeland area.

What the guarantee covers

The guarantee covers a maximum amount equivalent to one month's rent, uninsured damage to the property caused by the tenant and theft of uninsured items by the tenant.

Who is eligible

You may qualify if you:

  • are aged 16 or over
  • have a local connection with the South Lakeland area
  • are in receipt of state benefit or on a low income

Please note preference is given to single people when resources are limited.

How to make a claim

During the tenancy the landlord should notify DiGS of any damage or theft, caused by the tenant, within three working days of becoming aware of it. Any theft or criminal damage must be reported to the Police and the crime reference number recorded.

Calling all landlords

We would like to hear from landlords who are interested in using DiGS. If you are a private landlord and would like to find out more, please contact Graham Bell, Deposit Guarantee Scheme Co-ordinator on 01946 694 166.

Where to go for help and advice

In addition to the support we can offer advice is also available from:

Citizens Advice Bureaux

  • Blackhall Road, Kendal, 01539 720 112
  • Town Hall Annex, Theatre St. Ulverston, 01229 585 585
  • Ellerthwaite Road, Windermere, 015394 464 64
  • Council Offices, Main Street, Grange over Sands, 015395 331 00
  • Institute House, Yewdale Road, Coniston, 015394 410 52
  • 72 Main Street, Sedbergh, 01539 734 820

Connexions Centre

  • 124 Highgate, Kendal, 01539 730 045

The Manna House

  • Castle Lodge, Aynam Road, Kendal, 01539 725 534

South Lakes Housing

  • Little Aynam House, Little Aynam, Kendal, 01539 717 717