Our Tenants First Service is a highly skilled team, with expert knowledge. We offer our tenants a range of specialist, tailored ways to help them keep their tenancies and enjoy where they live.
Tenants First offer a fresh approach by giving a personalised package of help for tenants who are having difficulties. We work jointly with tenants and our partners to give support where and when it is needed.
The Tenants First Service is part funded by European Social Fund.
Our dedicated key workers offer practical, hands on intensive support to tenants with multiple and complex needs. They use the evidence based Family Intervention methodology. They help families to identify their problems at the root cause, and after initial assessments, provide the family with a support plan which they are able to do and realistic. The rules for a key worker is that tenants are:
- Involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour
- Struggling with a high level of debt
- In danger of losing their home
- Involved in Domestic abuse and or Sexual Violence
- Experiencing untreated/managed mental health problems
- Experiencing untreated/managed physical health problems
- Experiencing substance misuse problems
- Children in need (education/parenting/safeguarding).
Our Tenant Support Officers provide specialist money management advice and support to tenants who have difficulties with:
- Tackling and reducing their rent arrears
- Certain vulnerabilities which means they need help completing online applications for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
- Opening bank accounts
- Dealing with additional rent charges due to under occupation sometimes known as ‘Bedroom tax’
- Universal Credit.
Our Mental Health Housing Support Officers provide flexible, responsive housing related support to tenants who:
- Have low level mental health needs, which are
- Affecting their ability to maintain a successful tenancy.
They work with tenants to provide a range of practical and emotional support and interventions in order to reduce the risk of tenancy failure.
We can look into providing a furnished tenancy for applicants who are to become our new tenants and who:
- do not own adequate furniture / be in a position to reasonably afford to furnish their new home
- are vulnerable and have health or social problems.