Camden revives appeal from landlord who helped more than 20 homeless residents find housing

Camden Council is relaunching an appeal for landlords to support homeless residents following a successful appeal in 2020 which helped 22 homeless people find suitable private rental accommodation.

This time around, affordable private rental housing is needed for families and single people with mobility needs.

Property owners in Camden and other areas are particularly encouraged to come forward if they have studio or one or two bed properties on the ground or first floor, or a property in a block with access to a elevator.

Landlords will be offered cash incentives and significant support for themselves and their tenants in exchange for renting to residents who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are willing to leave homeless services and live independently.

A private landlord who rents out one-bed apartments through the Camden Lettings scheme to single-parent families, has expressed his commitment to helping those in difficulty.

“I have carefully reviewed the entire scheme, incentive payment and local housing allowance rate offered by Camden and compared it with private market offers. Although the private market offers were considerably better financially, I decided to accept Camden’s offer because of the commitment to help people with housing problems. I have friends who have had housing issues, so I saw this as an opportunity to make a positive contribution to a solution.

Securing suitable housing for these residents will help people who are often vulnerable and who sometimes spend long periods of time in temporary accommodation due to a lack of suitable housing.

It will also free up vital council resources to provide faster support to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

Therefore, Camden is calling on landlords to support their local community in the fight against homelessness by renting a property at or below the local Housing Benefit rate, which will help create an opportunity for someone to leave permanently. homelessness.

In return, the council is offering landlords a cash incentive of up to £2,000 to rent a one-bed property and up to £4,500 for a two-bed property, as well as an extensive support package including :

  • Support from our Move on team and floating support service – dedicated services that are ready to help residents exit homelessness. The teams provide tenants with advice on finances, credit checks, utilities and managing housing allowances and other claims.
  • Piece-by-Piece or Good Tenant Session pre-rental training – these services help residents prepare for their tenancy by ensuring they understand and know how to meet their tenancy and financial responsibilities.
  • Advisors who will remain available for the duration of the rental.

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