Are all homeless people rough sleepers?

There has been a huge interest in the national and local news recently about the rise in the amount of households becoming homeless across the country. The media often conjure up the worst images of homelessness, whereas in reality only a small minority of homeless people are those sleeping rough, afflicted by substance addiction, mental/physical illness and possibly having survived childhood neglect or abuse. Approximately five percent of people in Nottingham who are homeless sleep rough, with the majority of those experiencing homelessness associated to families struggling with finances or single people who have experienced trauma and are in need of support.

With a reduction in local council housing stock and a rapidly growing and increasingly competitive private sector housing environment, we are seeing more and more families struggling to secure good quality private rented accommodation and approaching their local authorities for help with finding a suitable home. Rising rents, increasing restrictions and recent changes in Housing legislation contribute to this challenging situation, and contrary to public belief, evidently homelessness isn’t only faced by those in receipt of benefits. A study by Shelter showed that more than 50% of households in temporary accommodation are in work, and the number of working families experiencing homelessness has risen by 73% between 2013 and 2018.

Is homelessness due to rent arrears, antisocial behaviour or drug and alcohol abuse? Housing Aid at Nottingham City Council have found that a significant proportion of the cases presented are due to a section 21 notice being served. A section 21 is a no-fault eviction notice, indicating that even if you are a perfectly good tenant who pays the rent on time and keeps the property in immaculate condition, you are not exempt from facing the possibility of becoming homeless, especially if the landlord decides to sell the property, or needs it for their own use.  

It may come as no surprise that Nottingham has seen the highest percentage rise in rent compared to anywhere else in the country. The city has experienced the highest year on year rise in rent which is impacting on individuals who find themselves in housing need. Nottingham Private Rented Assistance Scheme (NPRAS) is a team who assists with negotiating and securing private rented properties for homeless families, liaising with landlords and tenants and offering invaluable support in order to reduce homelessness in the city and secure families with long term homes. We are working hard to develop our database of landlords and increase the number of properties we manage through our new Social Lettings Service, so that we can meet the ever increasing demand for privately rented homes.

We are appealing to Nottingham landlords to consider working with the NPRAS team as we offer a number of incentives to landlords who wish to work with us.

We vet potential tenants with a 5 year address history and references, provide 1 month’s rent in advance and deposit or guarantee written bond for tenants and can assist with any claims for housing benefit and can support with requests for direct payment of Universal Credit to Landlords. Our tenant finding service is free of charge to all Landlords and our recently launched Social Lettings Service, for an additional monthly fee of £35, can relieve tenancy management stress as we will carry out regular inspections, regular gas safety inspections, rent collection and rent account management, which will take the management burden away.

If you would like to learn more please contact the NPRAS team at npras@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or call 0115 876 1644

Are all homeless families and individuals rough sleepers?

The rise of households becoming homeless across the country has gained coverage in both national and local news outlets recently, with media still publicising rough sleeping as an indicator of homelessness. However, in reality only a small minority of homeless people are those sleeping rough, afflicted by substance addiction, suffering from mental and/or physical illness and previous childhood neglect and/or abuse, counting for approximately 5% in Nottingham. The majority of homelessness cases are associated with families struggling with finances or single people who have experienced trauma and are in need of support.

Due to a reduction in local council housing stock, and an expanding competitive private sector housing environment with rising rents, increasing restrictions and changes in Housing legislation, more families are struggling to secure good quality private rented accommodation and approaching their local authorities for help. Contrary to public belief, homelessness isn’t only associated with the receipt of benefits, with more than 50% of households in temporary accommodation currently in work, and working families experiencing homelessness rising by 73% between 2013-2018 (Shelter).

Housing Aid at Nottingham City Council has found that a significant proportion of the cases presented are due to a section 21 no-fault eviction notice being served. This indicates that tenants who pay rent on time, and keep the property in immaculate condition are not exempt from facing the possibility of becoming homeless, especially if the landlord decides to sell the property, or needs it for their own use. In addition to this, Nottingham has seen the highest percentage rise in rent compared to anywhere else in the country, which is impacting on individuals who find themselves in housing need.

To help reduce homelessness, the Nottingham Private Rented Assistance Scheme (NPRAS) team assist with negotiating and securing private rented properties for homeless families, liaising with landlords and tenants and offer invaluable support. We are working hard to develop our database of landlords and increase the number of properties we manage through our new Social Lettings Service, so that we can meet the ever increasing demand for privately rented homes.

We are appealing to Nottingham landlords to consider working with the NPRAS team as we offer a number of incentives to landlords who wish to work with us such as;

  • Free tenant finding service to all landlords.
  • Vetting potential tenants to ensure a 5 year address history and reference list.
  • Ensuring tenants provide 1 month’s rent in advance.
  • Provide a deposit or guarantee written bond for tenants.
  • Assist with any claims for housing benefit and can support with requests for direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords.
  • For an additional monthly fee of £35, the Social Lettings Service will carry out regular inspections, regular gas safety inspections, rent collection and rent account management.

If you would like to learn more please contact the NPRAS team at npras@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or call 0115 876 1644

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