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.

Landlord Recruitment:

Making Rapid Re-housing Work: Providers give Insights on Landlord Recruitment

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.

U.S. Department of Housing Landlord Recruitment Resource Guide 

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. 

Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants in Connecticut

A full resource on the legal right of landlords and tenants from the Connecticut Judicial Branch.

Rapid Re-housing Landlords Benefits Checklist

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.

Perfecting Your Pitch, Recruiting new Landlords within the Rapid Re-housing Program

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. 

Be the Perfect Tenant: Guidelines on how to be the Best Tenant you can be

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. 

Using Incentives to Engage Landlords: Risk Mitigation Funds

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.

Landlord Brainstorming

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.

Core Components of Centralized Landlord Engagement Programs and Community Landlord Engagement Initiatives

This piece describes the key components of centralized and community landlord engagement programs and initiatives.