In September 2014, Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Omega Lettings Limited, set up Let to Birmingham, the West Midlands’ first social lettings agency.
The idea behind it is to increase the housing options for people in Birmingham by working with responsible landlords to provide stable, affordable tenancies in quality properties.
One year on we spoke to two very happy tenants to find out about their experiences as Let to Birmingham tenants.
Laura is a mum with three school aged children. Her middle child is autistic and she desperately wanted a house with a garden to give him the outdoor space he needed. She had been on the council’s housing transfer list for ten years but nothing suitable was available. When Let to Birmingham was suggested she thought she would give it a try and she has been very happy with the results. Laura now has a three bedroom property with a good sized garden, large living room and a very nice fitted kitchen. Laura wanted to make this film because she wants other families to be reassured about Let to Birmingham properties.
Here’s Laura’s story –
Clive is registered blind but can see a small amount of light and colour. He is expecting to be completely blind by Christmas and is on the waiting list for a guide dog. Clive has been really happy with the way his Let to Birmingham landlord, Terry, has worked with the council’s Social Services staff and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to make the necessary adaptions to his property. This includes installing brand new wired fencing around the perimeter of the communal garden to ensure the dog doesn’t escape. Clive wanted to make this film because he wants other people with disabilities to know what’s available and to continue to live independently like he does.
Here’s Clive’s story –
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