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Information about Wigan Housing Solutions, Louise Atherton

Published on March 4, 2014

Author: neighbourhoodmanagement

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Slides used by Louise Atherton, Wigan Housing Solutions, at the Big Local ‘Improving housing’ study visit, organised as part of the Local Trust programme of networking and learning events for Big Local residents. The visit took place from Monday 24 to Tuesday 25 February 2014 and our hosts for the visit were the Leigh West Big Local area.

Wigan Housing Solutions is a local lettings agency. It is also a Community Interest Company. Wigan Housing Solutions lets and manages properties directly for landlords and agents, as well as properties leased by Wigan Council from private landlords. In fulfilment of its social objectives, Wigan Housing Solutions puts particular emphasis upon actively working with landlords, agents and tenants to ensure standards of let properties are maintained and improved.
Find out more about Local Trust and this and other networking and learning events at http://www.localtrust.org.uk/ and about Wigan Housing Solutions at http://www.wiganhs.org/

Louise Atherton 24th February 2014

Background Bond Scheme 2005 Started April 2009 Community Interest Company Link with Wigan CAB

Wigan Housing Solutions Services Provided Homefinder Service Advice & Support Let only service - £249 Management service – 10% Private sector leasing – 15% Pre tenancy workshop

Achievements in the Leigh Neighbours Area Management - 19 Leased 7

Management Fees Wigan Housing Solutions Average Letting Agent Letting Fee £199.00 £425.00 Fee for Full Management £255.00 £255.00 Total £454.00 £680.00

Wigan Housing Solutions Staffing Operations Manager Housing Officer Rent & Repair Assistant Admin Bond scheme worker 2 Housing Advisors

Private Sector Lease Criteria Property free from disrepair and HHSRS Any type of property for which we have demand Ordinary property – 85% of LHA Bungalows/adapted properties – market rent Length of lease – 3 years Pull out clause Responsibility for repairs and certificates LL’s Insurance excess – up to £1000

Private Sector Leasing Why is there a need to work with Private Landlords? Shortage of available housing Increasing pressure on social housing waiting lists Cost of owner occupation Need an alternative Work with and reward good landlords

Examples of monthly rent payment 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed Ordinary Property £305.16 £361.26 £424.98 £590.73 Bungalows Adapted Properties £456.82 £495.69 £547.69 £684.23

A Landlords view “When I first heard of Wigan Housing Solutions and the opportunity to lease a property to the council for a term of 3 years, my initial reaction was where’s the catch and what will it cost! After having dealt with the team for a number of months and with the first property on board I can safely say it was a decision well made. The system works fantastically well for those Landlords looking for a secure income managed by a professional team offering peace of mind in a turbulent market.” Dan Anders

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