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Pilot Scheme 2013/2014

We are looking for landlords to pilot this Scheme in its first year:  to offer shared tenancies and to provide us with feedback at the end of the pilot period.  We would welcome involvement in our Steering Group and input in the Preparation Workshops if you are interested.  If you have comments about the Scheme please contact Project staff .

Working in conjunction with Derbyshire Dales District Council and High Peak Borough Council,   Adullam Homes have developed a Scheme to help encourage and support prospective tenants and Landlords to consider Shared Tenancies.

This scheme aims to bring together like minded people, aged 18 – 34, willing and able to share a two bed property.  The Scheme will help create more affordable accommodation options for people wishing to access the private rented sector.   For Landlords this will help reduce issues around rent shortfall / arrears and enable Landlords to maximise income on property and benefit from the scheme support and incentives.  

Adullam Homes will provide Landlords and their sharing tenants with a range of services designed to assist in the creation, and maintenance of these shared tenancies. Precise packages will be set out for each pair of tenants in a written “offer” from the Scheme. 


Benefits for Landlords


A Bond for each of the two tenants, equal to the first months rent.  This will cover damage or excessive cleaning.  Claims against individuals will be processed quickly at the end of a tenancy, or when, a tenant moves out. 


Rent in Advance:  Tenants will be expected to pay rent in advance direct to the Landlord equivalent to the first months rent. Where individual tenants cannot find the amount needed the scheme may be able to assist.  


Inventory of Property:   At the initial sign up meeting between Landlord and tenants, we will be present.   We will complete a photo inventory and basic property check.  Sight of upto date gas safety certificates are required.


Loss of Rent:  Tenants are expected to comply with the terms of the tenancy and required to maintain the tenancy for six months and to give a one month written notice to end the tenancy from five months.  Where a tenant leaves, in an unplanned way, during the first six months, or at the point of planned departure where a replacement tenant is needed, the Scheme will cover up to one month lost rent per tenancy.


Housing Benefit paid direct to Landlords: We will check the progress of new claims to ensure they are up and running and liaise with HB and the tenant to ensure any issues are resolved.


A supply of prepared & matched prospective tenants:  Those wishing to join the scheme will only be accepted once they have completed the Tenancy Preparation Workshops and been assessed as suitable.  


Workshops will cover:  

· Tenant Responsibilities   

· Utilities / Management of bills  

· Sharing Skills  

· Matching people together

· Budgeting 


Tenancy Support:  All new tenants will have signed up agreeing to engage with support.  As standard this will include a minimum of six meetings at the outset of the tenancy to help the tenancy get set up: furnishing;  Housing Benefit / claims submitted;  utilities; change of address and rotas around cleaning etc.  During the course of the tenancy, staff will maintain contact and meet with the sharers at set intervals to check how things are going and ensure utility bills are being managed.   Landlords are encouraged to speak to support workers if they have any concerns about the progress of the tenancy.  

Help and Support:  We welcome involvement in this scheme by landlords and will hold occasional informal meetings to share ideas; receive feedback and review the scheme.  We will provide information about tenancy related issues where we can, or signpost landlords on to other services. 

 We aim to build up a database of prospective tenants that Landlords will be able to access, thus reducing void time.

It remains 100% the landlords decision to offer a tenancy.  Landlords are advised to interview prospective tenants and to carry out their own checks before offering a tenancy.


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