Furnished Tenancy Scheme

Plan ahead to get your home in shape

While you’re waiting to receive an offer of permanent housing, it’s useful to start planning ahead for the essentials you’ll need to live comfortably in your home.  You may have to save for these items, which is best done by putting a little money away each week.  This means that, when the time comes to move in, you’ll be able to buy the items you need to set up home.

What will you need to buy?

  • Washing machine
  • Fridge
  • Cooker
  • Bed
  • Sofa
  • Pots and pans, plates, cutlery.

If you’re on a low income you can sometimes get help or low cost items of furniture from organisations such as Happy Homes in Allenton. 

Furniture Packs

What is included in the pack?

Single people and couples will receive a settee, a double bed, fridge freezer, washing machine and electric cooker. Families will receive all of these items and we will provide as many single beds or bunk beds as required.

We can also provide carpets to the lounge and bedrooms in addition to the packs listed above.

How much does the furniture pack cost?

The cost depends on which pack you have. Staff at any of our Housing Offices can advise you of the current costs.

If you are in receipt of Housing Benefit, the charge for the furniture pack will be covered.

Who is eligible to have a furnished tenancy?

Almost anyone who is offered a tenancy with Derby Homes and who has no furniture of their own can apply.

People who have previously had a furnished tenancy and have either damaged or stolen the furniture will not be eligible.

Is a furnished tenancy suitable for me?

If you have no furniture items of your own then a furnished tenancy can provide you with a good starting point in setting up your home.

Please note - Furnished tenancies are for the duration of your tenancy and will not be removed.

Who does the furniture belong to?

The furniture will always belong to Derby Homes and when you accept a furnished tenancy, the furniture has to stay in your property at all times. If any of the items need replacing due to natural wear and tear, Derby Homes’ will replace them, all you have to do is ring the Customer Service Team.

Derby Homes will also service the kitchen appliances regularly and repair them if they break down.

How do I get a furnished tenancy?

When you are offered a tenancy with Derby Homes, you can discuss if a furnished tenancy is the right choice for you.