Proposals to award a charity in Brent a small advice grant of £18,500 have been agreed by Cabinet.
Advice4Renters, a Brent based charity that provide specialist advice, advocacy and representation to tenants in the private rented sector, has been awarded the sum through the Brent Advice Partnerships Fund.
The support they offer includes working with those without a home or living in fuel poverty, and working with tenants to improve living conditions and challenge unlawful rent increases or eviction.
With over £15,000 provided by Advice4Renters in matched funding, the grant will be used to employ a Client Support Co-ordinator to help with training and casework, which will give their specialist solicitors and advisors more time to dedicate to individual cases. With this extra resource, an additional 50 private renters will be able to receive specialist support from the organisation per year, and training and work experience opportunities will be created for more volunteers who will be able to get into employment or further education as a result.
Jacky Peacock, CEO at Advice4Renters, spoke of the decision to award the grant, saying:
"It's terrific! It means with the new role we can give clients extra care and ongoing support for legal cases that take a long time".
Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, commented:
"I'm delighted that we have been able to award this grant to an organisation that offers such important support to residents in Brent.
"As a council, we are working hard to tackle poor standards in the private rented sector by supporting landlords trying to improve their properties, and focusing on the unscrupulous landlords who refuse to comply with the law.
"But we can't do it alone. The assistance offered to tenants by Advice4Renters is invaluable and I'm really pleased that this extra funding will mean that more tenants in Brent will be able to get the support and representation they need."