Make sure you can afford it and that you understand the agreement, so you get the right solution for you.
Make sure you deal with a firm regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - the UK’s financial services regulator.
The firm can only give you an advised service, which means you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service if you were given the wrong advice.
The firm must make sure you can afford to pay any rent as part of your lease if applicable, check the scheme is right for you and give you advice.
When you first contact a firm you should be given information about their fees and whether they are able to offer you a range of schemes or are linked to only one or more providers.
Once a scheme is recommended to you, the firm will give you a document with important details of the scheme - this is called a Key Facts Illustration.
You can use this document to compare schemes from different companies.
Check to see if using a scheme would affect your right to state benefits including Housing Benefit.
Speak to the welfare benefits office at your local council or Citizens Advice.
Read the terms of your tenancy carefully – you must be offered a fixed-term tenancy of at least five years - and get advice so you know what you must do to avoid being evicted.