Information on council garages
You can apply to rent a council garage using our online application form.
South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) have a number of garages throughout the district, which can be rented by council tenants and non-council tenants.
We will not accept a garage application from:
- Tenants with rent arrears for a council property or garage.
- Anyone who owes money from a former tenancy of Council property or garage.
- Anyone who has had a council garage repossessed.
- Anyone giving false information when applying for a garage.
You can still apply if you already have one and need another.
Garages are not rented out for storage purposes so you will also need to confirm that you own a vehicle, and give the type and registration number.
All applicants will be asked to provide 2 weeks rent in advance.
Rental Fee as of 1 April 2016
Rent is charged per week - £8.53 for SCDC tenants and £14.11 (inc. VAT) for non-tenants
How do I apply for a garage?
Alternatively you can call us on 03450 450 051, Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.30pm.
You will be asked for your name, date of birth, address, telephone and email details and whether you are a SCDC tenant. Garages are not rented out for storage purposes so you will also need to confirm that you own a vehicle, and give the type and registration number.
What happens next?
The Housing Services department will write back to you within 10 days of receipt of the application form. The letter will tell you if there is a vacant garage in your chosen area and offer this to you, or tell you that you have been placed on the waiting list if there is not one available. If we offer you a garage, you must contact us to arrange to sign a garage tenancy agreement. We will also tell you if you need to supply a padlock to lock the garage, or if you need to pick up a key from us.
If you have been told that you have been placed on the waiting list the Housing Services team will notify you once a garage becomes available.
What can I store in my garage?
Garages must not be used for any purpose other than ordinary domestic use. Paraffin, petrol, Calor Gas or any other dangerous or explosive materials must not be stored in garages, other than in small quantities for domestic use and only if contained in suitable containers.
How can I pay my rent for the garage?
There are a number of different ways to pay:
- Monthly Direct Debit
- Visiting the cash office at Cambridge City Council Offices at Hobson House, 44 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge.
- By GIRO card at Post Office
- Or over the telephone 03450 455 218
Please note VAT must be charged to garage users who are not council tenants. When you sign for your garage tenancy these options will be discussed with you.
What happens if my circumstances change?
You must notify the housing services department in writing (address/email above). Please include your garage application number or garage address (as appropriate) and detail any changes. We will write back to you within 10 days of receipt of your letter.
Positions on the garage waiting list
If you apply to rent a council garage and there are no vacant garages at that time, you will be placed on the waiting list. You can contact us to find out where on the list you are at any time.
How long will I have to wait for a garage?
Unfortunately, we cannot predict when a garage will become available to rent. Once you are at the top of the waiting list and a garage becomes available we will contact you.
Termination of council garage tenancy
If the housing department ask me to vacate the garage, how much notice would they give me?
We will give you 4 weeks written notice, to terminate on the Sunday.
How do I terminate the tenancy?
You must give 4 clear weeks written notice (to the address/email above). You need to include, your name, address and the garage address in your letter to us. If your garage has keys we will not terminate the tenancy until these have been received by us in the office. The Council takes no responsibility for any keys that are lost in the post and you may incur further costs.
What happens next?
We will write back to you within 10 days of receipt of your letter to confirm the termination date for the garage tenancy.
What do I do next?
- You must ensure that your garage has been cleared and left clean and tidy. If the garage needs to be cleared you will incur further costs.
- You must also make sure that any rent due on the garage is paid up until the date of termination.
- If your garage has keys, you must ensure that they are returned to us, either on the day of termination or before. Failure to do this will result in rent being charged to you until the keys are received. If you decide to post the garage key(s) we recommend that you send them recorded delivery; the council will not take responsibility for any keys lost in the post and you may incur further costs
I have paid my last Direct Debit payment and my rent account for the garage is clear. What do I do now?
It is advisable to cancel the Direct Debit with your Bank/Building Society.
I have given notice on my garage, but have changed my mind. What should I do?
You must write to us as soon as possible informing us of your decision (address/email above).