Rapid Rehousing Pathway and Preventing Homelessness - DRAFT

Criteria

This is a specialist service designed predominantly for single people threatened with homelessness, those needing move on accommodation from hostels, prisons, and those stepping down from supported accommodation and those who were rough sleeping.

 

It is part of the Rapid Rehousing Pathway and the Governments Rough Sleeping Strategy which aims to eradicate rough sleeping by 2027. We are working in partnership with many agencies including the District and Borough Councils to provide sustainable homes.

 

Accessing this Service

As part of this service we will provide tenancy support and training for those who have had tenancies break down in the past or for those who have no experience of running their own home. This support will include things like budgeting, rights and responsibilities, maintenance and managing a home.

 

We know it’s not possible to hold down a job if you don’t have somewhere you can call home. Once we have provided you with a home, we will link you into work readiness programs and employers willing to help get you started in the world of work.

 

To access this service we will give priority to single people that work with the Housing Options teams in the local authority.

 

  • Ashfield Borough Council
  • Bassetlaw District Council
  • Broxtowe District Council
  • Gedling Borough Council
  • Mansfield District Council
  • Newark and Sherwood District Council
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council

 

You can self-refer to us by making a homeless application below but as part of your application we will need to contact your local authority because much of the support we are putting in place is a co-ordinated effort.

 

Therefore it is important that you answer the questions carefully and give us explicit permission to talk to them about your case.

We also welcome referrals from the statutory agencies that have an obligation to refer in regard to the Homelessness Reduction act 2017. Those agencies can use our website to refer clients to us but that must be in association with the housing options team in their local authority area.

About the Scheme - Tenants and Local Authorities

The scheme has been introduced across all 7 District and Borough Councils of Nottinghamshire and is aimed at helping those that are at risk of homelessness and those that maybe at risk of rough sleeping.

 

If you are at risk of losing your home or have no settled accommodation and are in housing need then you can apply by pressing the “Make a Homeless Application” button.

 

The application

The form is completely online and it’s better that you use your phone to complete the application. We will ask you quite a lot of questions including how you came to be in the position that you are in. We need to fully understand your situation before we can make a decision.

 

References

We will contact people to get references and this includes previous landlords, case workers, probation officers, housing officers and employers. We understand that you may be reluctant to give us names of people that we can contact for references because you may think that it will stop you getting a home with us.

 

Honesty is the best policy

This phrase is so important. We understand that you may have struggled in the past. The final decision on whether you can have a place with us will be down to the landlord because it is their property but they will be looking to us to make a recommendation and we can only do that if we trust you.

 

If you tell us that you have caused problems in the past and you give us a reference and they tell us that you have caused problems, we know that you are telling us the truth.

 

We will then propose a plan that mitigates the risk to our landlords. However if you miss lead us and we find out, we won’t be able to help you because we won’t be able to trust you.

You need to tell us if;

  • You or a member of your household has a history of rent arrears
  • If you or a member of your household has lost accommodation because of a breach of tenancy
  • If you or a member of your household has a history of serious anti-social behaviour

 

Private Rental Sector

This scheme is in partnership with the Councils and landlords in the Private Rental Sector so it is important that you understand we don’t have any statutory duty and that these properties do not belong to the council, they are owned by private landlords who want to help alleviate homelessness.

 

We have developed a promise to our landlords so that they will feel confident to house people that may otherwise not have access to the private rental sector.  This includes;

  • Giving all our tenants access to Private Rental Sector Support
  • Organising a Bond Guarantee from the Local Authority
  • Helping to organise direct payments of rent by Housing benefit or Universal Credit
  • Helping to co-ordinate support services that you may need

Landlords - Our Schedule of Services

Rental Valuation

A member of our team will visit your property to give a rental valuation and to offer advice as required. We recommend where possible that the landlord sets the rent of a property at an affordable level – this is generally within the Local Housing Allowance, however, we would never force you to set the rent at a given rate. The Landlord always has the final say.

 

Property Inspection and Site Visit

The first visit to your property will include an inspection to ensure it meets the standard required. We will carry out a FREE Housing Health and Safety Ratings System (HHSRS) inspection which is directly linked into the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill, a new legal minimum for landlords.

 

If your property does not meet the required standard at the time of the inspection, we will provide you a list of suggestions of how you can prepare your property to meet the latest rental regulations.

 

Marketing

Your property will be marketed to prospective tenants using our partnerships with the councils and also through traditional portals such as Right move.

 

We are constantly updating our data base, and have people waiting. Although we can let your property 10 times over, we will only ever recommend people that we believe will make good tenants.

 

Inventory

Before the commencement of any tenancy or licence a Schedule of Condition of the property and any fixtures, fittings and furnishings is prepared. The inventory will include 360 digital photographs and these will be used to validate the condition of a property upon the vacation of the premises at the termination of an agreement.

 

Our Assessment of Potential Tenants

Any prospective tenant making an application to this scheme is assessed by our staff for suitability. Only where a tenant is accepted through our process will they be offered a viewing of your property.

 

Our assessment of prospective tenants includes referencing, checking for former and current tenant arrears and checking for a history of anti-social behaviour. We also check that prospective tenants are able to afford to rent your property.

 

Even though we carry out comprehensive checks to determine the suitability of prospective tenants, we would never force a landlord to accept a particular tenant. The landlord always has the final say.

Our partnership includes the following Local Authorities;

Preventing Homelessness and the principals of the “Duty to refer” and signs of homelessness

We promote and encourage our partners especially those in statutory services to understand the causes and signs of potential homelessness.

 

We would like our partners to consider some of the following factors that indicate a potential to become homeless.

 

  • Problems with debt, particularly rent or mortgage arrears
  • Problems with a landlord, being threatened with eviction or served notice to leave
  • Being a victim of domestic abuse, or other forms of violence, threats or intimidation
  • Approaching discharge from hospital, armed forces or release from custody, with no accommodation available to them
  • Having previously been in care, the armed forces or in prison

Other stakeholders

Across the Rapid Rehousing Pathway there are other stakeholders that can access our service. These are;

  • Prisons
  • Young offender institutions
  • Secure training centres
  • Secure colleges
  • Youth offending teams
  • Probation services (including community rehabilitation companies)
  • Jobcentres in England
  • Social service authorities (both adult and children’s)
  • Emergency departments
  • Urgent treatment centres
  • Hospitals in their function of providing inpatient care
  • Secretary of State for defence in relation to members of the regular armed forces