Bond Scheme

Many people struggle to access housing in the private rented sector due to the high upfront costs. This is particularly true for people who have been homeless and may also face the barrier of having no track record behind them of successful tenancies. The Oasis Aquila Bond Scheme (OABS) addresses this by helping previously homeless people access the private rented sector and supporting tenancies longer term through the provision of Bonds, financial support to cover administration fees and on-going support offered to them in their new tenancy. The project works with people aged 18+ from the Tyneside area who are deemed “non-priority homeless” as the local authority does not have an obligation to provide accommodation.

Click here to read Katrina and Jo’s story, two service users from the Bond Scheme Sharing Solutions.

Referrals can be made by individuals or by agencies. To make a referral, download the form here, complete it and return to For more information contact Mark or Fiona on 0191 499 8020 or visit the Basis@336 project.

OABS offers the following services for tenants and landlords:

For tenants:

  • Assistance with finding PRS properties
  • Support with applications for grants and loans
  • Bond Guarantees for 12 months
  • Help claiming benefits
  • Universal credit accepted
  • Practical support in setting up and maintaining tenancies
  • Property inspections and obtaining gas safety certificates
  • Referral to specialist support services and furniture schemes
  • Signposting for education, volunteering and employment opportunities
  • FREE move in packs for tenants

For landlords:

  • Bond guarantee
  • Fast track and direct payment of LHA
  • Advice on welfare benefit reforms
  • Inventory
  • Links to local landlord accreditation schemes
  • Model tenancy agreements
  • Named office contact
  • On-going tenancy support including regular checks