Landlord Recruitment and Retention
In any fiscal climate, building and maintaining relationships with landlords is one of the most important, but challenging components of housing clients. In Connecticut especially, the scarcity of affordable rent means case managers and housing specialists must work extra hard to identify housing for their clients. Building good relationships with landlords can ease the burden of identifying new affordable units.
Rapid Re-housing relies on being able to recruit landlords to take on tenants that are often considered to be of higher risk because of their background. This is an overview of some of the best practices for recruitment and maintaining those landlords.
This is a resource guide by the U.S. Department of Housing that outlines a number of additional helpful resources for recruiting and retaining landlords for housing clients.
A full resource on the legal right of landlords and tenants from the Connecticut Judicial Branch.
This checklist is a tool to advertise your program to potential landlords. The benefits listed are just examples of services provided by housing search agencies based on interviews with providers around the country.
This presentation, made by practitioner Samantha Stewart, goes over how to recruit more landlords to be part of your rapid re-housing program as a case worker and client advocate.
This helpful two pager put together by Joel Rivera focuses on empowering your clients to be the best tenants they can be, which not only improves their experience as tenants, but increases their likelihood of maintaining their housing as well as your likelihood of maintaining a relationship with that landlord.
A mitigation fund is essentially an added protection for landlords who are willing to reduce screening criteria to rent to someone with limited income, a poor rental history, or a criminal history. If there are excessive damages to the unit, lost rent, or legal fees beyond the security deposit, landlords can be reimbursed for damages up to a specified amount. The availability of risk mitigation funds can be a game changer in a community’s ability to engage new landlords.
Group discussion on the barriers to accessing landlords and increasing housing stock for people experiencing homelessness. There were four themes that emerged: Accessibility/Affordability, Economics/Funding, Perception, and Process/Policies.
This piece describes the key components of centralized and community landlord engagement programs and initiatives.