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How to Find Good Tenants for Free with HAT Scheme

Published: 28 February 2023

Addressing homelessness in the city Housing Access Together (HAT)

Exeter landlords looking for a good tenant can take advantage of the Housing Access Together (HAT) scheme, which offers a completely free service to match landlords with tenants of any type or size of property. The scheme aims to create sustainable tenancies that work for both landlords and tenants.

The HAT scheme offers a generous incentive package, including up-front cash incentives, rapid payment processing for deposit and rent in advance, comprehensive suitability and affordability assessments of potential tenants, guidance on legal obligations, and ongoing support for landlords and tenants throughout the tenancy period.

Landlords maintain full control over who moves into their property and can choose whether to offer a tenancy or not.

The service has already received positive feedback from landlords who have used it.

J.S., one landlord, said, "I have let my properties through the Council and I am very impressed by the friendly and professional manner of the Housing Access Team staff who provide an excellent service and are a delight to work with. They introduce tenants who are suitable for the landlord. Knowing that tenants and landlords are supported with the application process and assisted if required throughout the tenancy is reassuring and invaluable."

Another landlord, N.T-G., who has worked with the Exeter City Council as a private sector landlord for over 10 years, said, "From procedures for example such as tenant selection, tenancy support, property inspections, etc. I've always felt reassured that these are dealt with in a professional manner, particularly given the ever-increasing legislative requirements that the private sector has seen in recent years."

The HAT scheme provides a practical and cost-effective solution for landlords who want to avoid letting agent's fees and advertising costs. By using the scheme, landlords can save time and money while ensuring that they find suitable tenants for their properties. The professional team ensures compliance and tenant suitability, giving landlords peace of mind throughout the tenancy period.

Find out more: Housing Access Together (HAT) - Exeter City Council

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