Since April 2011, Real Letting’s Tenancy Rescue Service has been working with Lambeth residents to reduce the impact of the welfare reforms by educating residents on the changes and supporting them to either maintain their existing tenancy or move on to a more suitable tenancy.
Our team of Assessment and Resettlement Workers:
Advise clients on the benefit changes and individual financial impact
Refer clients to Broadway’s Financial Inclusion team where appropriate
Identity where clients would benefit from budgeting skills and money management in order to sustain their tenancy
Refer clients to employment agencies and advise them of in and out of work benefits
Support clients in identifying someone to share their property with, where necessary or appropriate
Assess potential sharers for suitability.
Supporting tenants in this way has also provided the chance to engage them with work and training opportunities.
Many residents we speak with are totally unaware of any changes and if this is not addressed in other boroughs, many residents will find themselves in rent arrears and will be evicted.
Real Letting’s Tenancy Rescue Service also works with landlords with the aim of sustaining tenancies, by demonstrating the value in negotiating rent and sharing their expertise in how to manage a property at low cost.
Real Lettings experience working with vulnerable adults across London equips us with the expertise and knowledge to manage a tenancy support project ensuring residents in private rented accommodation are able to sustain a tenancy through a period of welfare reform.