How we started
The charity's founder, Duncan Cameron, recalls why he decided to set up The Cameron Charitable Trust.
Having let properties to tenants with learning disabilities for 4 years, we compiled enough accounts and data to allow us to show that this sector can be as attractive as a private let to a landlord, yielding similar long term yields.
There were only 2 problems, as I saw it.
Firstly, the extra administration involved when dealing with local authorities. It had taken us a long time to understand how the Housing Benefit and Social Services departments work and I doubted it was something the average private landlord would want to be involved with.
Secondly, private landlords had no idea that this market sector existed.
So I set about creating a charitable entity to put landlords and tenants in touch and leverage our expertise to alleviate the administration problems. With the help of some of the friends and contacts I had made via The Cameron Trust, we figured out what Lets for Life – our specialised housing provider for disabilities - might look like:
- Registered charity and Private Registered Provider
- Genuine person-centred approach to housing
- Cuts through the red tape and bureaucracy to make the whole process as simple as possible
- Feet on the ground with Regional Tenancy Agents
- Custom built back office administration system
- Our unique Lets for Life tenancy agreement.
In the meantime, The Cameron Trust continues to serve as a platform to provide information to create more choice in quality housing for people with disabilities.