National award for housing service

22 Mar 2013
by Neil Skinner

Framework has received an award from one of the country’s leading homelessness organisations in recognition of the measures it takes to secure homes for vulnerable people.

The Smartmove Service, established in March last year, matches tenants who are at risk of homelessness with quality homes and responsible landlords. It has now been singled out by Crisis, who have awarded it “Private Renting Champion” status – an award that recognises best practice in England and Scotland.

The free-of-charge service, which operates throughout the Bassetlaw and Newark & Sherwood, works with people who are either on low wages or in receipt of benefits – people who find it very difficult to access private accommodation by more traditional routes.

Smartmove works to reassure landlords and help tenants by helping both parties. People seeking homes are assisted to find a bond and supported once they have moved in. Landlords, meanwhile, gain peace-of-mind from a thorough system of vetting and ongoing support.

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Service manager Jon Leighton said: “All the hard work put in by staff has started to pay off and we are starting to see more and more private landlords coming to us – rather than us going to see them.

“We have gone from having too many tenants for properties to having too many properties for tenants. But that’s a nice position to be in when you consider the current housing shortage.

“We’re all therefore really thrilled to have won the Crisis ‘Private Rented Champion’ award for our work with private landlords. It’s a testament all the hard work done by all.”

The service is now expanding to cover Mansfield and the surrounding area of Nottingham to continue its good work.

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