What is Wychmove?.........
`Wychmove' our new Social Lettings Agency service
Within the Housing Team at Wychavon a demand has been identified leading us to offer a new service. This service will enable more people in need of re-housing to be assisted to find suitably private rented accommodation.
The demand for housing within the Wychavon is high and not everyone who is seeking accommodation is able to be offered social housing due to the number of properties becoming available. The `Wychmove' scheme has been set up to help people in housing need to access suitable privately rented homes, particularly where their prospects of social housing are low or cannot meet their specific needs.
Accessing privately rented accommodation can be very difficult. The expensive agents fees, referencing criteria and up front deposits can exclude many people. Current market rents are high and not affordable for people on lower incomes to be able to sustain a tenancy and may often be reliant on housing benefit, which could also be a barrier.
Officers within the Housing Team have built up good working relationships with local private landlords and agents, by working hard to overcome some of the barriers for customers whilst still meeting the needs of landlords. We have built up trust and formed positive arrangements to ensure the needs of all the parties are respected and met.
What does Wychmove offer The Landlord
The new `Wychmove' scheme, offers Landlords the following range of options;
- `Tenant Match' service at no charge.
- `Assisted Letting' service is chargeable but includes help with not only matching a tenant to your property and carrying out assisted viewings but ensuring the property is of the right standard, that the right processes and paperwork are in place. Such as including the tenancy agreement, inventory and schedules with photographs and that any application for housing benefit is fast tracked and monitored. An exit inspection is also offered for when a tenancy ends.
- `Managed' service is chargeable and includes all of the above along with the day to day management of the tenancy, which involves dealing with any problems which may arise and acting as an intermediary between the landlord and tenant. Quarterly inspections are carried out and feedback is provided to the landlord. This service is proving very popular with Landlords who are moving away from traditional Letting Agent.
What does Wychmove offer the Tenant.
This service to perspective tenants is free and involves council officers working with them to find suitable, affordable privately rented options. We will provide assisted viewing where this is required and to advocate on their behalf with the landlord. If the perspective tenant is struggling to find the deposit, an application can be made to the rent deposit scheme operated by the Council, which would be an interest free loan or grant.
Support with conducting the tenancy is offered and the governments new ‘How to Rent' booklet can give added information.
If you are interested in find out more about our new `Wychmove' scheme, please contact:
Sarah Cook, Private Sector Accommodation Officer
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tel: 01386 565114