Partnership Working

Wales

Areas of work

Tackling homelessness

Tackling homelessness is essential especially during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We believe that the PRS is an important part of the jigsaw puzzle in tackling homelessness.

The NRLA is working with the Welsh Government, local authorities and strategic partners to tackle homelessness with several scheme.

Housing First

We are currently working with Cymorth Cymru in developing a Housing First Scheme, an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and then provides them with supportive services and connections for any additional needs they may have.

We have also liaised with partner organisations in improving access to other vulnerable groups including ex-offenders, armed forces veterans and schemes to tackle homelessness in specific local authority areas.

Social leasing schemes

We are also supportive of the Welsh Government’s social leasing scheme, which is being piloted in Carmarthenshire, Conwy and Cardiff. 

The scheme gives landlords the opportunity to lease their property to local authorities who in turn will let the properties to vulnerable people. Landlords can expect:

  • Guaranteed rental income up to LHA level
  • A five-year tenancy with the opportunity to increase the tenancy after
  • Support on any damaged incurred once the property is returned to the landlord.

Mental Health Training Course

NRLA Wales is working with equlaities organisation Tai Pawb and mental health charity Platfform to develop a training course for Rent Smart Wales. Landlords will be able to complete this course to gain CPD points that will count towards their relicensing obligations. The course will help landlords understand how to deal with tenants with mental health challenges as well as how to cope with their own.

 

 

Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas Welsh Policy Officer

Tim Thomas is the Welsh Policy Officer for the NRLA. With almost fifteen years’ experience in policy and research roles in local authorities and the third sector, Tim specialises in policy development in the Welsh Private Rented Sector. Tim also leads on the NRLA’s energy efficiency and welfare and benefits policy brief, including lobbying the government on improving the environment for landlords who let to tenants in receipt of Universal Credit.

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