Call for spare rooms and properties to let in north London to help people experiencing homelessness

Do you have a spare room or apartment to rent out in Hackney and surrounding areas?

Social housing provider Riverside is working in partnership with Hackney Council to find much-needed accommodation for people experiencing homelessness, and are looking for suitable properties and rooms that can be rented out.

Under the initiative, private landlords have the benefit of knowing that a dedicated team from Riverside will support tenants to get everything in place to start a new tenancy so that rent payments can be paid quickly to them.

The team also support the tenant in the first eight months to help them settle in and make a success of their new home and tenure.

Sandra Thompson

Sandra Thompson, Riverside’s Area Manager who is leading the initiative, said: “It is really difficult to find suitable accommodation in the borough. However there may be someone with a spare room that could be rented out which will provide them with extra income.

“This initiative may appeal to someone who has never been a landlord before, as it is convenient and helps to take the hassle out of being a private landlord because Riverside is there to help sort out the tenant’s benefit payments and any rent issues so they don’t have to.

“As well as finding homes for people who need them, we also work with the tenant to get them the skills and support to make a success of their private tenancy.

“This could be the first step for those who have never considered renting their spare room before and earn some money. They may need to check with Hackney Council if they need to register as a landlord.”

For more information on the initiative contact the Riverside team by emailing [email protected] and you can send photographs of the rooms or properties you have to let.