Renting to homeless is too risky – landlord body says

At Homeless Link’s annual conference in Hinckley (8th July), Richard Lambert commented on the fact that private landlords viewed renting to the homeless ‘as too much of a risk’.

He went on to say that ‘very few landlords’ start letting with the intention ‘of providing social services’ to vulnerable tenants. Furthermore, he also strongly stated that ‘homeless agencies must be able to provide the assurances and safeguards for the landlords’, and therefore meaning the landlords, as well as the tenant’s needs must be taken into account.

Finally, he also suggested that landlords might be more open to the idea of renting to homeless people if charities were able to offer deposit bonds to reduce the financial risk and provide better support and training, as well as more in-depth tenant referencing.

 

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