New lettings agency set to improve quality of renting social housing in Northampton

New social lettings agency to improve quality for renters
New social lettings agency to improve quality for renters

Plans are underway to open a new social lettings agency in Northampton to help monitor quality of properties for renters.

The scheme by Northampton Borough Council follows its creation of Northampton Partnership Homes this year - an arms-length management organisation (ALMO) - to run council house services.

It aims to provide a service that will act as a shop front for landlords of properties in good condition, as well as providing a quality mark for people looking to rent in the town.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of the council said: “We are seeing a real growth in the private rented sector.

“Working with landlords we are creating a social lettings agency that will offer a better deal for private tenants through offering guaranteed good-quality properties, at an affordable rent, which are well-managed through the Borough Council.”

Councillor Mary Markham, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Last year we began to tackle rogue landlords with new licensing powers to protect tenants and neighbourhoods. As a landlord we worked with our tenants to create Northampton Partnership Homes, which would deliver improvements to housing stock and services.

“Now we are strengthening our private sector housing team to look at rented accommodation across the town.

“Working with responsible landlords we want to raise standards and promote the good quality rented property available in Northampton. A social lettings agency is the best way forwards to give landlords and customers the best service.”

The new service will be created with the support of the National Landlords Association and local independent landlords.