this mythical creature my friends assure me exist! I've tried gumtree and just get people phishing, not properties for my town advertised on there ever.
Also tried facebook and local papers.
It looks like the LA's in our town dominate the market. We are trying to find a private landlord because our credit isn't perfect (no CCJ's but when my husband lost his job 3 years ago just for a few months it mucked everything up, but all is well now), our guarantor cannot commit for a few months as he has to give notice to his bank first which isn't in time for when we have to leave our current home. I've been told a private LL could be more flexible and understanding over blips in our history whereas the LA are all "computer says no".
I also want to avoid the stress of being turned down for the credit check at the very last minute. With 3 children I need to plan ahead more than this!