UNSUSPECTING landlords are having questionable tenants foisted upon them by Solihull Community Housing.
That’s the claim of borough landlords who say they will now no longer deal with the housing service which works on behalf of Solihull Council. Landlords say award winning SCH is now actively targeting those who do not use agents and coercing them into accepting their tenants .
One, a Mrs Begum, who owns a smart semi in south Solihull, said: “I was reassured by the fact that SCH was reputable and that there would be a £700 bond agreement to cover any damage to my property.”
Instead she says she’s ended up with a tenant who she says hasn’t paid any rent since moving in in May and who refuses to move out.
“I want to be the last victim of SCH,” said Mrs Begum. “I don’t need to go looking for tenants.
“SCH have advised this tenant to stay. If she leaves then she will be making herself homeless voluntarily. She has had two months of housing benefit paid to her - I have not seen a penny.
“SCH put her in there. They’ve got to get her out.”
Anthony Powell of Black & White Lettings said: “SCH operate on a bond scheme which is not worth the paper it’s written on. It’s people who have been evicted or are in arrears who are usually put in and then SCH don’t help the landlords.”
Director of Housing, SCH, John King said: “We are working very hard with the private landlord and tenant to resolve their issues. Over the past two years the Solihull Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme has enabled over 160 potentially homeless families to find accommodation.
“We are currently working with 50 private landlords and 24 agents through the scheme which has made a huge difference to families, most of whom have a good relationship with their landlords.”
Mrs Begum has begun legal action to evict her tenant and recoup her rent.