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Council Launches New Market Rent Lettings Agency to Support Key Workers 


Waltham Forest Council has launched an innovative new market rent lettings agency as part of its plans to tackle London’s housing crisis and support key workers living in the borough.


The new agency, which will run under the established Lettings Waltham Forest brand, will offer good quality, suitably priced accommodation to key workers in the borough – including those in the emergency services and childcare, healthcare and education professionals.


The agency was launched last night (18 October) at an event at Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow, which was attended by a number of local landlords and agents.


Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “In Waltham Forest we recognise the vitally important role that our key workers play in keeping our city running, so we want to ensure they are able to find good quality, affordable homes in the borough.


"Our new market rent lettings agency will help us to do this, and give residents the peace of mind that they are renting through an established, Council-run property management service.


“We understand that letting a property can often be a risky and complicated businesses, so we are keen to work with responsible landlords in the borough. By working in collaboratively with private landlords we can continue our campaign to drive up property standards in Waltham Forest.”


The first properties to be made available for rent via the new agency can be viewed online now at www.lettingswalthamforest.co.uk/properties-to-rent/. Properties will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and will be available to key workers exclusively for the first seven days.


All properties made available through the scheme will be offered at market rent prices or lower. Other benefits for renters include zero tenant fees, deposits secured by a government-backed deposit protection scheme.


The benefits for landlords include no set-up fees in the first year, full management, rent collection and let only services, thorough tenant checks, a £100 contribution towards a rent guarantee insurance policy and a cash incentive of up to £750.


Landlords will also have access to a range of other commercial services offered by the Council, such as pest control and large item collections.


Landlords and tenants can find out more about Lettings Waltham Forest by emailing lettingswalthamforest@walthamforest.gov.uk or phoning 020 8946 5525. 


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