New guidance on Social Lettings Agencies launched for England, Scotland and Wales

Thursday, 4 August 2016 - 11:16am

Disha Bhatt, Housing Team Coordinator at Crisis, introduces their new Social Lettings Agency Guide.

Crisis has recently launched a new guide, Social lettings agencies: how to plan, develop, launch and sustain an income generating SLA

The guide aims to support organisations around the practicalities of planning, developing, launching and operating a social lettings agency (SLA) for service providers supporting vulnerable people and people on low incomes to access the private rented sector. Social lettings agencies are a form of private renting access scheme run on a commercial basis. They help homeless and vulnerable people to access and sustain PRS tenancies, but also generate income to cover operational costs. 

It is designed to be used by service providers and those involved in commissioning, designing, developing or operating services for vulnerable people and people on low incomes who are considering developing a Social Lettings Agency.

Crisis are hosting launch events in England, Scotland and Wales to give practitioners the opportunity to learn about the challenges and successes of delivering a SLA. These events will launch the new Guide and provide practical solutions on developing a SLA.They will be useful for services involved in commissioning, designing, developing or operating projects that are considering developing a SLA. Crisis will also be using the feedback from these events to identify the requirements for future support for services developing social letting agencies.

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Disha Bhatt

Housing Team Co-ordinator - Crisis

Disha is the Housing Team Co-ordinator for Crisis and supports their PRS advisory work in England, Scotland and Wales as well as supporting Crisis’ own Help-to-Rent projects. Disha also leads on Crisis’ best practice events and the communications for the Housing Team. Previous to this she worked on supporting the delivery of three successful housing programmes funded by DCLG, working with private rented access projects in England on improving their private renting services for single homeless people. The programmes housed over 10,000 people and achieved an impressive 90% sustainment rate.

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