We are delighted to announce a new project aimed at supporting tenants in the private rented sector (PRS).
The new project will work with tenants currently living in the PRS who are at risk of losing accommodation. This may be due to rent arrears, disrepair or harassment by their landlord. They may also have barriers to finding alternative accommodation in the PRS, including lack of deposit, difficulty finding accommodation due to requiring benefits to pay for accommodation and/or suffering from mental health issues. These barriers will be addressed through income maximisation and the use of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP), grants to secure deposits and rent deposit guarantee schemes.
Tenants will also be supported to remain in their current accommodation through pursuing repairs through the Housing & Property Chamber, income maximisation, negotiation with private landlords, money advice and improving budgeting skills. When it is not possible for the client to remain in their current tenancy or they do not wish to do so, they will be supported to find suitable and sustainable alternative accommodation.
Welcoming the new Project, Fintan Kavanagh (CHAI’s Deputy Service Manager, Housing Advice) said: “Our Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership (EHAP) service has a great deal of experience in engaging with tenants in the private rented sector, and that experience has clearly demonstrated the challenges that come with living in that sector. This new service will enhance our capacity to meet those challenges and bring dedicated advice and support to PRS tenants who need it most.”
CHAI is currently recruiting for a part-time PRS: Advice & Support Worker to develop the new project. Details can be found here.
CHAI gratefully acknowledges the support of the Bank of Scotland Foundation in funding the new project.