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Blog | Using The Training Fund to Understand The Impact Of The Renters Reform Bill

Blog | Using The Training Fund to Understand The Impact Of The Renters Reform Bill

Blog | Using The Training Fund to Understand The Impact Of The Renters Reform Bill

Friday, January 12, 2024

Alison applied to St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity’s Training Fund for a grant that allowed the Bond Board’s entire frontline staff team to attend training on the Renters Reform Bill. The training explored the key changes in the legislation and the impacts of this on renters and landlords.  

“The course led to an increase in people’s knowledge and confidence as well as a greater understanding of the impact of the forthcoming changes.”

The Bond Board have been able to use this knowledge to better support the people they work with into rented accommodation. Not only this, but they have also been able to use the knowledge in their work with landlords, as they rely on private landlords to house their clients. Part of this was in a landlord forum that The Bond Board organised not long after completing the training. 

“Because we have a social letting agency, we're quite heavily reliant on private landlords to house people. For example, we utilised the training during a landlord forum with around 30 private landlords, in partnership with the Council. We did a bit of myth busting, because a lot of landlords are really, really concerned that they're not going to be able to evict anybody anymore.” 

The Renters Reform Bill is an important piece of legislation that would impact every aspect of The Bond Board’s work, so for Alison, the opportunity to get the entire time up-to-speed and in-the-know has been invaluable.  

“I think the main benefit at this stage is awareness, because it does impact on all aspects of our organisation. The fact that we know what's potentially coming enables us to plan and prepare for when it does. It means we're ahead of the curve.” 

A member of the frontline team at The Bond Board, said: 

"The course was really helpful at providing clarity and myth busting some of the issues and fearmongering about the changes. It was helpful for me to think how we can prepare for the changes and the various possible impacts on our services to private tenants.  Most significantly it will help with my conversations with landlords to address their concerns about the future’’. 

If you are a frontline worker or team and have identified a training course that will help you in your current work with people experiencing homelessness, but your organisation is not able to fund it, we may be able to help. Individuals can apply for up to £500 to cover the cost of training and groups can apply for up to £1,500.

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