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Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) & Social Accommodation Initiative (SAI)

The purpose of the scheme is to transfer responsibility for housing SWA Rent supplement recipients who are deemed to have a long term housing need to local authorities. Administered by local authorities, the scheme is intended to provided and additional source of good quality rented accommodation for eligible persons.

This Council has adopted the approach of integrating all RAS activity within mainstream housing functions and the co-ordination of efforts to obtain new supply across RAS, leasing, Part V and acquisition programmes.

Social Housing Leasing Initiative (SLI)
The Government has allocated funding for local authorities and approved housing bodies to lease or rent residential properties from private owners. These properties will be used to provide accommodation to people who are currently unable to source suitable properties from their own resources. Local authorities and approved housing bodies are available to discuss proposals with owners of all types of properties who are interested in making properties available. Properties must be of good quality and can be new or previously occupied. Each local authority and approved housing body will also assess the suitability of properties proposed with reference to the housing needs that have been identified for that area and its overall compliance with planning and building control. In return, the local authority or approved housing body will enter into a legal arrangement with the owner for the use of the property for an agreed term and guarantee rent payments for the term.

Arrangements
There are two options for property owners who are considering making their properties available to a local authority or approved housing body:

  1. Long-term lease arrangements (10-20 years)
  2. Shorter-term rental arrangements (typically 1-10 years)

Summary of leasing and rental options

Long-Term Leasing Arrangement Shorter-Term Rental Arrangement

Term Arrangement

10-20 years

Typically, one to ten years but can be for the duration of the existing tenancy only.

Rent

  • Approximately 80% of open market rent

  • Paid monthly or quarterly in advance
  • Payments guaranteed for the lease term
  • No rent loss due to void periods
  • Periodic Rent Reviews
  • No tenant rent collection responsibilities
  • Approximately 92% of open market rent
    - depending on contract type
  • Paid monthly or quarterly in advance
  • Payments guaranteed for the term
  • No rent loss due to void periods
  • Periodic Rent Reviews
  • No tenant rent collection responsibilities

Internal Maintenance

Local Authority’s/Approved Housing Body’s Responsibility

Property Owner’s Responsibility

Structural Maintenance

Property Owner’s Responsibility

Property Owner’s Responsibility

Tenant Management

Local Authority’s/Approved Housing Body’s Responsibility

Property Owner’s Responsibility landlord/tenant relationship exists between property owner and tenant

Furnishings

Required

Required

Cost Savings

  • No vacancy periods
  • No rent arrears
  • No letting fees
  • No advertising costs
  • No refurbishment costs
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • PRTB tenancy registration charge not Applicable

  • No vacancy periods – depending on contract type
  • No rent arrears
  • No letting fees
  • No advertising costs

End of Term

Local Authority/Approved Housing Body returns property in good repair order and condition, save for fair wear and tear.

Property Owner retains ongoing maintenance responsibility for the property as normal.

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