Landlords and tenants offered help from new website

Published by Sarah Ashcroft

Owning a property and renting it out to families or couples can be a stressful business, while there are many problems and hassles associated with being on the tenant's side of this relationship too, so any useful assistance is sure to be welcomed by thousands of people across the country.

With more and more people choosing to rent their home as they cannot afford to buy a property outright, the rental market is becoming a busier place by the month.

Arun District Council has become the latest local authority in the south of England to sign up for the Letshelpyou service, which offers a range of tools and support mechanisms to both landlords and tenants, reports the Bognor Regis Observer.

Roger Elkins, the council's cabinet member for housing, said: "Arun through its new priorities is committed to finding ways of helping people find homes and make the process easier particularly for those who are in need of our assistance."

One of the ways in which the website helps property users is by offering a calculator that works out exactly what a person's housing allowance against properties is. Tenants can also use the platform to get in touch with landlords who are looking to find somebody to live in their homes.

There is a live alerts service that will send a notification to users when a new place to live becomes available, while landlords will be able to find out exactly how many people have viewed their listings. Another useful tool is the bedroom calculator, which allows those claiming housing benefit to find out how big a house they qualify for.

The government's bedroom tax has caused plenty of controversy in recent times, so it is well worth putting the work in to establish how many rooms a property can have to be eligible for the benefit.

With more people using rented properties than ever, there is no point in wasting time aiming for an abode that is simply unrealistic in the present climate.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801575714-ADNFCR

Published on: April 23, 2013

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