Scheme to tackle homelessness
Landlords are given incentives to back Magna Carta Lettings deal to support families facing crisis
A NEW scheme to increase the number of properties available to homeless families has been launched in Runnymede.
The borough’s new mayor Cllr Alan Alderson officially launched the council’s private sector lettings agency called Magna Carta Lettings at the Civic Centre in Addlestone.
The scheme also aims to help families threatened with homelessness by procuring properties in the private sector.
Magna Carta Lettings has received backing from the National Landlord Association and a number of landlords who have already signed up to the scheme which aims to rehome families who would otherwise be facing homelessness.
It offers both the Direct Let Scheme, giving landlords a significant financial incentive to let their property while still maintaining the management element themselves, and the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Management Service, where Magna Carta Lettings will manage all aspects of the tenancy on behalf of the landlord at no charge while also offering incentives such as guaranteed rent and a number of free repairs a year.
Rowan Carstairs, Surrey representative for The National Landlord Association, attended the launch saying it provides two ‘very attractive schemes to assist landlords’.
“Landlords need to strike a balance between income and avoiding unnecessary voids and anti-social tenants,” he said.
“Magna Carta Lettings addresses these key concerns and provides landlords with substantial security.
“The two schemes offer very attractive incentives to private landlords who are willing to grant tenancies to Runnymede tenants and who wish to minimise their risk. I recommend both schemes to landlords and know that Magna Carta Lettings will be able to assist landlords with a high level of understanding and support.”
Jane Margetts, Runnymede Borough Council’s corporate head of housing and community development, said the council has a duty to house homeless families and provide options for those threatened with homelessness.
“This includes the ability to house in the private sector,” she added.
“In previous years the council has not been able to compete with high street lettings agents’, however, with the launch of Magna Carta Lettings this has changed.
“Not only are there clear financial benefits for landlords but they can also benefit from the social conscience of letting to families in significant housing need.”
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Runnymede’s mayor Alan Alderson cuts a cake to launch Magna Carta Lettings, with from left, Amanda Kendal, tenancy & estate manager, Pat Hollingsworth, head of housing, Paul Turrell, chief executive. James Hunt, Magna Carta letting officer, and Jane Margett, corporate head of housing and community development.