Scheme to tackle home­less­ness

Land­lords are given in­cen­tives to back Magna Carta Let­tings deal to sup­port fam­i­lies fac­ing cri­sis

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Char­lotte Tal­bot

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.”

Land­lords who would either like more in­for­ma­tion

Pic­ture: Gra­hame Larter. Ref: 161511

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...

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