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National Homeless Advice Service

Pre-tenancy training and advice

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.

Skills for independent living

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.

St Christopher’s - Accredited life skills for care leavers

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Pre-tenancy training

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:

  • moving and setting up a home - bidding for properties, furnishing a home and connecting to utilities, getting a TV licence
  • day-to-day home maintenance, such as basic repairs of home appliances eg changing plugs, or accessing local services such as decorators, plumbers, electricians
  • how to keep a tenancy - applying for benefits, avoiding breach of a tenancy through rent arrears
  • managing a budget - dealing with debt, using a bank, budgeting and loans
  • advice and information on healthy eating, hobbies and activities, how to register with a GP and dentist, where to access sexual health services (and other services as applicable eg childcare, counselling, mediation).

Key Youth Charity - Pre-tenancy training

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Training as a requirement for access

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.

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