Search

Innovative online portal will help Havering’s renters on benefits looking for a home

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:47 10 November 2017

The portal aims to help people find homes to rent. Picture: PA

The portal aims to help people find homes to rent. Picture: PA

PA Archive/PA Images

A new online portal is being launched specifically to help people in temporary accommodation or on benefits find a home.

Housing Connexions, based in High Street, Hornchuch, has created the Help2Rent website, an easy to use interface for residents looking for social housing.

It compiles all of the properties available to renters on DSS in participating boroughs, something sorely missing at the moment.

The council has advised on the project, which Housing Connexions hope will eventually be used across the whole of the capital.

“All of these people, in temporary accommodation hostels or hotels, do not get a choice of where to live,” Paresh Acharya, of Housing Connexions, said.

“However with Help2Rent, when you go into the housing office and they are checking your papers, you can find a place you would like to live.”

The website allows you to input how much housing benefit you receive, and then with each property it will calculate the shortfall.

Paresh said the project was created “because boroughs across London all use different incentives to help people on DSS get housing”.

The company, which represents developers who solely provide social housing, thought there could be a simpler and easier way for residents to find accommodation.

“Landlords receive incentives from councils for giving housing to people on benefits,” Paresh explained.

“However sometimes when an estate agent acts as a middle man, they take the money and the landlord misses out.”

Paresh thinks that if the owners of the houses knew more about the incentives, there wouldn’t be so many signs refusing to take renters on DSS.

“All landlords, developers and agents can upload directly to the portal 24 hours a day, and by doing this Havering will overcome the need for using the more expensive hotels, HMOs and nightly rate accommodations,” Paresh continued.

“This will automatically reduce the amount of people on its housing register as people are moving into properties that they have chosen to live in.”

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

The merits of Black Friday are far from black and white for Romford retailers.

Yesterday, 15:00

Wedding plans across Havering have been complicated after a bridalwear shop closed unexpectedly and its owner allegedly moved to Florida.

Yesterday, 12:30

The Romford greyhound stadium, which has been closed on and off for the past two weeks, has confirmed there is asbestos in the building, but concerns over emergency lighting is the reason behind its closure.

Yesterday, 10:00

A million first-time buyers are expected by the government to benefit from the stamp duty cut over the next five years - but experts have warned there could be unintended downsides for the housing market.

Yesterday, 09:00

A group of veteran doctors at Queen’s Hospital have urged bosses to deal with a host of behind-the-scenes issues they claim have left staff “isolated, intimidated and fearful”.

Yesterday, 07:00

A through-road leading onto the Ardleigh Green A127 Bridge will reopen early this December in a move that will hopefully ease congestion along the roadworks there.

Wed, 17:15

An American singing sensation who has six gold records and a platinum album to his name is kicking off his UK tour in Hornchurch next year.

Wed, 15:00

First time buyers will benefit from not having to pay stamp duty on homes costing £300,000 or less, the chancellor has announced.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now