Tenancy Support Service – Private Rented Accommodation
Do you live in private rented accommodation? Do you need help to manage your home?
Wrexham County Borough Council Housing Services provides FREE and discreet housing support to vulnerable private rented tenants who need help to successfully maintain their tenancy.
The service is tailored to meet your individual needs.
Some people find it difficult to manage their tenancy because they are first time tenants; however some existing tenants also struggle to cope.
Issues such as health problems, debt, drug and alcohol dependencies and mental health issues all affect how a person can manage a tenancy. Although we can't help you with these, we can signpost you to agencies who can.
The Tenancy Support service exists to offer support to tenants in their own homes to ensure that they do not feel isolated and unable to cope with problems they may be facing and avoid the risk of eviction.
If you are moving to a new privately rented home - or you are a tenant already and you feel you are not coping well on your own - we can give a helping hand.
Tenancy support can support you with:
- Feeling safe
- Contributing to the safety and well-being of your self and of others
- Managing accommodation
- Managing relationships
- Feeling part of the community
- Managing money
- Engaging in education/learning
- Engaging in employment/voluntary work
- Physically healthy
- Mentally healthy
- Leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
Can a Tenancy Support Officer give me more specialist assistance?
No, but through talking about problems they will advise you on where to ask for expert advice on things like debt, mental health, drugs and alcohol, contacting Social Services or other support organisations.
A support worker will make contact with you and arrange to visit.
They will spend time talking through any problems with you. They will then agree a "support plan" with you that explains to you what to expect and how often they will visit.
Our aim is to help you to get on your feet and live independently.
In time you will not need us any more but there will always be an open door if you feel the need for support in the future.
Vulnerable privately renting tenants with housing related support needs can have tenancy support.
As we are a low level and ongoing support service we can support people for up to two years.
Generally the support is given over a much shorter period the average is usually just for a few months, until you are ready to manage.
What is more important than the length of time you spend with tenancy support is how well you can achieve your support aims.
At every visit the Tenancy Support Officer will review how you are getting on and see if there is anything else we can do to support you.
Once all your support aims are achieved we will mutually agree when the support stops.
Tenancy Support is funded by Supporting People Revenue Grant. This grant is paid to cover all the costs of the service by the Supporting People team in Wrexham County Borough Council and it comes from the Welsh Government.
Supporting People set standards and guidelines that we have to follow, this includes an annual review and regular inspections.
The specific aim of the service is the prevention of homelessness.