New web service to help social tenants move
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
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A new internet-based service that offers social tenants the chance to search for property across the country has been launched.
Homefinder UK aims to support tenants looking to move further than their immediate local authority area, and participating landlords are offering a wider selection of their properties, incuding those which are currently empty, giving residents greater and more accessible options for moving home nationally.
The not-for-profit service is being managed by Stephen Ellis, a housing mobility specialist who previously managed the Department of Communities and Local Government’s seaside and country homes, and the Mayor of London’s housing moves mobility schemes.
Mr Ellis said: “Giving social housing tenants the opportunity to move homes more easily within the social housing sector is vital. Homefinder aims to meet that need and is based on our unrivalled experience in managing local choice-based letting services and mutual exchange schemes.”
It is anticipated that tenants affected by the government's welfare reforms and bedroom tax may also use Homefinder to look for properties that they can afford.
The founding member landlords include the London Boroughs of Islington, Ealing, Harrow and Wandsworth, Barnet Homes, the City of Westminster, The Home Group, Circle 33, Peabody, East Thames, Mercian Housing and Amicus Horizon housing associations.
Kevin Devlin, managing director of Mercian Housing Association, said: “We are keen to offer as much choice as possible to our tenants and one of the things that makes Homefinder attractive to us is the support tenants will get following their move.”
Ninesh Muthiah, Chief Executive of Home Connections, said: “There are real benefits for landlords joining Homefinder, including wider opportunities to advertise their homes, a reduction in the number of empty properties and enabling their tenants to take advantage of job opportunities throughout the country.”
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