Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless

first_imgA housing charity in Surrey has launched the UK’s first lettings agency solely for homeless people and is hoping to find partners around the UK keen to replicate what it does.The first location is within a high street premises only recently vacated by Hampton International in the town of Walton-on-Thames.Rentstart, which helps homeless people in Surrey find accommodation with practical advice and support, has made the bold decision to open its own lettings agency on Walton-on-Thames’ high street.To most people who pass by, the branch with its smart entrance and funky furniture looks like any of the other lettings agencies in the area including, next door, a Martin & Co branch.“I thought ‘why don’t we seize the high street back for us? And why don’t we make our clients have the best experience? We’re making a stand about it, saying ‘come in’, removing the stigma and being proud of who we are,” Rentstart Chief Executive Helen Watson (left) told The Guardian.The charity has approximately 450 homeless people who approach it each year either directly or after being referred by local authority Elmbridge Borough Council.  It places approximately 150 tenants with the 30 local private landlords it works with.“The reason for the shopfront was not just about more people knowing about us. It is also about encouraging the whole community to come in, not just people who need support,” says Watson.“It makes us more attractive to local landlords and volunteers as well as clients.”Watson says her letting agency is looking for more landlords to help cope with expanding demand for its services. For more information visit its website.Read more about charity-focussed lettings agencies.rentstart helen watson homeless charity Surrey 2020-10-01Nigel LewisAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless1st October 202001,704 Viewslast_img read more

The String Cheese Incident To Webcast Thanksgiving Weekend Chicago Shows

first_imgTonight and tomorrow, The String Cheese Incident will hit Chicago for a string of two shows at the Chicago Theatre. Now, the band has announced that these shows rounding out Thanksgiving weekend will be webcast via nugs.tv, so viewers at home can enjoy the shows from all around the country. You can pre-order String Cheese Incident’s Chicago webcasts for tonight and tomorrow here. Shows begin at 9 p.m. (EST) both nights.[Photo: Ojeda Photography]last_img

The ultimate State of Origin battle for Australia’s next millionaire

first_imgThis is the Pyrmont choice in the Antias building at 307/1 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont, NSW.The one in Blues territory, located in the Antias building at 307/1 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont, is more expensive — valued at $2.3m — while the one in Maroons country — at Noosa Crest, 33/17 Natasha Avenue, Noosa Heads, has a value of $2.2m on it.But if the winner chooses Noosa, that won’t matter so much, because the RSL Art Union will throw in $175,000 in gold to even those numbers up. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:32Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:32 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD360p360p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenState of Origin: Which state wins your heart? 00:32 MORE: Hemsworth mansion almost ready Both have three bedrooms, this one is in the Pyrmont apartment.She said while Pyrmont win when it comes to current value, “Noosa is a safe long-term bet when buying or hanging on to an investment — and combined with sunny weather, wide open spaces and beach access — would get my tick of approval”.It’s also got a few more things in its favour though. When it comes to size, Noosa wins, at almost 100sq m bigger than the Sydney apartment (232sq m versus 135sq m).Both have three bedrooms and parking for two vehicles, but while the Pyrmont one has two bathrooms, Noosa has three. That’s not a bad view at all from the Pyrmont apartment, even if it is in NSW.There’s also about $30,000 more in furniture going into the Queensland pad ($114,788 in NSW compared to $147,493 in QLD).If this was the decider, the Maroons would emerge the clear winner when it comes to the state versus state battle. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe Noosa choice is a penthouse with a private rooftop terrace with barbecue facilities and a heated spa.“Over the past five years, we have seen a 13 per cent increase in median apartment prices in Noosa, signifying the area’s increasing demand — noting its wide open spaces, access to beach and smaller population.”“In comparison, Pyrmont, has grown at a reduced rate of 6 per cent over the past five years — and while the median price of an apartment in Pyrmont is worth slightly more, the price gap is closing. Surprisingly, the rentals for both properties are exactly the same.” The draw, which closes on Tuesday, sees Queensland take the lead investment-wise.RSL Art Union property expert Lisa Roy said both properties had the same rental returns, Noosa apartment prices were growing at double the rate of that of Pyrmont. How a broken toilet seat landed a $70m deal FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER What the rate cut means for the market The Queensland option is bigger by almost 100 sq m.Both have water views — the Blues one looking over ANZAC Bridge and Blackwattle Bay, while the Noosa one looks over Main Beach, Laguna Bay and the hinterland.The prize homes are matched when it comes to resort-style facilities for residents including pool, gym, tennis court and the like, but the Noosa also has a private rooftop terrace with barbecue facilities and a heated spa. The RSL Art Union draw 366 pits Noosa’s beach beauty against that of Pyrmont’s bay views in NSW.It’s being billed as the ultimate $2.5m decision — a New South Wales versus Queensland battle for Australia’s next millionaire.Lined up against each other are a stunning Noosa penthouse with views over the ocean in Queensland and a modern Sydney apartment that looks out across the bay in New South Wales.Both are up for grabs in the latest RSL Art Union draw 366, but all the figures seem to point to a Queensland win.last_img read more