Let's Talk Renting launches to support tenants

Posted on Thursday 9 January 2020

Let’s Talk Renting, a campaign designed to support tenants and reduce homelessness is launching at the Sovereign Centre on Monday 13 January.

The campaign is a collaborative effort between BCP Council and eight other organisations, including Citizens Advice, Shelter, local jobcentres and Faithworks Wessex.

The launch of the campaign on 13 January will see all of the organisations in the Sovereign Centre, Boscombe (outside Poundland), between 2.30-7pm to answer questions and offer support to anyone who may be struggling with any aspect of their tenancy.

A range of other drop-in events are being held across the week of 13-17 January, covering issues from tenancy questions, water bills and Universal Credit.

Over the past 18 months, more than 1,500 families have been helped to stay in their homes by BCP Council’s housing team. The Let’s Talk Renting campaign will run for a year, with all common factors – such as finance and jobs – covered by the collaborating organisations.

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said: “Preventing homelessness is a huge priority for the Council, and I’m really hopeful that the campaign can help people who are at risk of being evicted, and therefore reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness across the area.”

Those interested in finding out more or accessing support can visit www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/ltr, or can call 01202 451474 if they are in rent arrears.