A Place to Live
The project enables the charity to provide quality, affordable homes for those who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or in housing need.
Homes are acquired through partnership working with property owners using a simple lease arrangement between the charity and the owner. These agreements can be agreed for up to seven years. This arrangement can be up to 7 years 'Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement'. The lease arrangement allows the charity an overview of all aspects of the property and tenant management – benefiting the interests of both the property owner and the client.
The charity manages all the financial aspects of the scheme – from setting rent levels to paying rent to the property owner. This ensures that the scheme is fair for everybody - with affordable rent levels for the tenants and guaranteed monthly rent payment to the property owner.
The charity sustains the project through a fixed contribution from the incoming monthly rent towards its running costs.
The Running Of a Place To Live
The team is structured to provide support to both the property owner and tenant.
The Project Manager - oversees the operation providing a point of contact for new and existing property owners.
Tenant Liaison Officers - provide direct, local contact and low level support to tenants. This may include signing them up, checking property conditions ensuring their benefits or other support are in place, assisting in sustaining their tenancy and reporting on any issues.
Financial Inclusion Officer – provides checks and assistance relating to tenant financial matters during a tenancy, particularly relating to non-payment of rent.
Repairs Co-ordinator – provides support to both property owner and tenant in dealing with and facilitating any repair matters to the property.
Finance Department – the charity’s finance department oversees all matters relating to payments, rents and invoicing.
The Advantages Of a Place To Live
For the home owner, the project provides a low risk, low cost option for letting out their property, compared to personally managing a property and tenant. Through partnering with the charity, they are providing accommodation to those who are in need of an affordable home - ultimately contributing to the alleviation of homelessness, poor housing and poverty.
For the tenant, the charity is able to advocate on their behalf relating to all matters of their tenancy - such as rent payments, repairs and maintenance and external support. This can therefore provide a level of security, stability and time for them to address any additional needs.