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    Letting to carers with children in care

    I've been offered a long term let with the prospective tenants a company which houses carers and children with learning disabilities. The carers will live full time at the house. Unsure if any issues and interested to hear views of anyone who has similar experience?

    #2
    I assume the company would want a longish tenancy and they have assured you they will look after the place.

    Don't touch it with a very long bargepole.
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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      #3
      What sort of company? Private limited company, a charity, a housing association? Have you checked that the company is legitimate?

      Are the carers paid workers to care for orphans or foster children? I don't understand the set up at all.

      Who would be your tenant - the company or the carer(s)?

      How long term is long term?

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        #4
        Originally posted by westminster View Post
        What sort of company? Private limited company, a charity, a housing association? Have you checked that the company is legitimate?

        Are the carers paid workers to care for orphans or foster children? I don't understand the set up at all.

        Who would be your tenant - the company or the carer(s)?

        How long term is long term?
        It's a private ltd co,letting to company but it's the carers and kids who'd live there..2 carers and 2 kids. they're carers not foster parents

        5 year term.

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          #5
          Originally posted by jta View Post
          I assume the company would want a longish tenancy and they have assured you they will look after the place.

          Don't touch it with a very long bargepole.
          Thanks for view..is that based on your experience?

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            #6
            Not my personal experience I'm glad to say, my view is based on thousands of discussions here and other sites about this scenario, it almost always ends in tears. (Yours)
            I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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              #7
              It depends where the property is, who would be paying the rent, the age of the children and how big the deposit is.

              I wouldn't say no out of hand (after all, it is presumably 5 yrs guaranteed income?) but youngsters in care (especially teenagers) can have behaviour issues (they may not, of course and all kids need somewhere to live) and you'd need to think about the impact on the neighbourhood of a home where the carers change shift by shift.
              'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                #8
                In those circs they should be able to afford to buy their own property.

                The fostering business can be very lucrative.

                ML
                Refer Mad Regulators to Arkell vs Pressdram.

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                  #9
                  DON'T TOUCH IT WITH A BARGE POLE (that IS based on my personal experience AS A CARER in on of these homes!) Basically it has become all to easy to set up a children's home in a normal residental area. The turnover of kids in these places is very high - if you get a child that settles in and does well they tend to move on 'out of care' or to something else that costs less money to the local authority. These 24/7 homes are generally for placement of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and there is normally one per home and costs from £3k per week per child upwards (yes per week). Yes, in theory it's a good idea but the success rate is not great and most of the young people that are placed in them have been placed in them as a last resort (due to the costs) after other placements such as foster families have failed. My ex employer initially took on emotional and behavioural difficulty young people but then went onto take learning disability young people. But in both situations the house was damaged/police were called at all hours/windows smashed etc...I'm not saying ALL young people with EBD or LD are like this at all - but you must realise the ones placed in these particular houses are not given 24/7 staffing (one child per house) for nothing. Please see a similar reply to another thread. Some of the kids I worked with used to mock they system and told stories of how they purposefully jeopardised previous placements so they could be housed in one of our houses and 'get what they wanted' - some were arsonists, some sex offenders - so I really would not go there unless you don't mind constantly being called out for repairs etc....

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                    #10
                    http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...409#post378409

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