Welcome to Lets Start

Lets Start is a social lettings agency to help people who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, to access good quality accommodation in the private rented sector. We work with people who are in receipt of benefits and assist them to access good quality, sustainable accommodation. We support individuals to overcome barriers to independent living and a settled lifestyle and enable them to access any support they may require.

We want to attract private landlords who in the past would have viewed such tenants as high risk. We provide a hassle-free property management service to landlords who may want to let their property to households in receipt of Local Housing Allowance, but are confused by the time consuming and bureaucratic nature of the benefits system. Our staff are fully trained on housing and homelessness legislation, tenancy law and the welfare benefits system.

Help, support and adviceWe assist people to:

  • Manage their tenancy
  • Improve their independent living skills
  • Increase self confidence
  • Manage their money
  • Acquire furniture and goods

We want to help people to grow and develop and have greater choice over their lives. We will:

  • Interview tenants and match to the best property
  • Accompany tenants to viewings
  • Carry out financial assessment to ensure affordability
  • Help tenants to maximize their income
  • Provide tenancy training
  • Signpost to relevant support providers, where appropriate

Let’s Start works closely with the Local Authority and other agencies such as homeless charities, Probation, Police, Health and Social Services, Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health support services.

Lets Start is a Community Interest Company and will reinvest any profits made through the activities of the business.

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