Letting to private company that deals with care leavers

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    Letting to private company that deals with care leavers

    Hi - I have been approached by a private company who work with local councils to provide semi-independent accommodation for care leavers and other disadvantaged teenagers. They are interested in renting my 5 bed house in North London, and willing to pay extra rent.
    Has anyone have\had any experience with renting their property to such companies? I'm concerned with the possible high turnaround of young tenants (apparently every 6 weeks) , albeit they will be leaving supervised with an adult. In addition if the care leavers (e.g. people leaving foster care) will be disruptive to the property / local residents. Also not sure if the property will be classed as HMO, being that the private organisation will be on the tenancy agreement. thanks

    #2
    Your property will be an HMO, even if you are not managing it (which puts the responsibility on the private company.
    They will be your tenant, and they will be responsible for the property and its inhabitants not you.

    They will be the people who pay the rent and will be responsible for the condition of the property.

    I'd want to speak to other landlords personally about their experience.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      At least you won't get complaints from other neighbours that the Council will consider acting upon.

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        #4
        Do not under any circumstances do it.

        The usual thing is for them(social services) is to not have enough input and to leave the young people to get on with whatever it is that they are doing.
        Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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          #5
          I have come across this before as one of our landlords made the mistake of letting to a company like this (not arranged or recommended by ourselves). We were called in during the notice period as the landlord imagined that they could relet the house after they had gone - no chance! The idea was that three teenagers would live in the house and be supervised by someone who would guide them on how to care for themselves as it was a halfway stage between care and the outside world. It was a complete disaster as the care the company provided was around 40 minutes every lunchtime which seemed to mainly consist of cooking the teenagers a big fry up then trying to clear the mess that three boys had made of the place. When they eventually left the house required over £10k to return it to the original condition and the only bit of good news was that the company picked up the bill for that but not the bill for the void period whilst the work was done.

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            #6
            Ask for the contact details of 3 existing landlords who have let property under that deal.

            If given 3 (bet they won't) ask those landlords what their experiences are.
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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