For a young person to successfully maintain a tenancy, support to overcome barriers will be crucial.
Information on tenancy sustainment should be provided during a young person’s time in supported accommodation, and can be part of their move-on procedures. It may also be a requirement for tenancy access schemes.
Young people living away from home for the first time may lack basic life skills such as knowing how to manage their money, how to cook healthily, and how to access services in their local community. Developing these practical skills will help young people to achieve and sustain independent living.
In preparation for the transition to independent living, some local authorities (and/or commissioned partners) provide Pre-Tenancy Training Programmes. These programmes can include topics such as:
Some housing providers have made the completion of a pre-tenancy training a course a requirement for accessing their rental properties, particularly for shared properties. For example, young people who attend workshops or training days will be given proof of attendance, and if all relevant course are completed, they will be given a certificate of completion, which can then be shown to participating social and private landlords.