Haringey first in UK to launch private sector lettings agency
A landmark lettings agency by Haringey Council, through its Housing Management Company, Homes for Haringey, was launched at an event in central London yesterday.
Move 51˚ North is the first lettings agency in the country to set up by a local authority to offer lettings and management services across the whole private rented sector - protecting tenants from the scourge of rip-off fees and charges.
Giving tenants a fairer deal and offering a transparent, affordable and reliable service to landlords is central to the work of the not-for-profit body set up by the authority. Move 51 North will match responsible landlords with tenants who often face unwarranted rent hikes, exorbitant contract renewal fees and poor service from traditional lettings companies.
While other councils including Haringey have used the private rented sector to house those on temporary accommodation waiting lists, Move 51 North will be the first agency which tackles the problems faced by private tenants and landlords who aren’t on temporary accommodation lists.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:
“Private tenants in London are too often forgotten in the noisy debate about the housing market in our city. Haringey is fast becoming one of London’s most popular places to live and work, and we know many people prefer the flexibility of the private rented sector – which is why it’s vital we do more to protect them from rogue landlords and unscrupulous lettings firms.
“I’m delighted to launch our new lettings agency today that will offer both renters and landlords a better deal and help stamp out rip-off fees and charges.”
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