The Cameron Trust

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 Specialist Letting Agency for disabilities - might look like:

Currently in the final stages of training and testing, I am buying more properties to test the software and administration systems before launching. In the meantime, if you are a landlord who is interested in what we are doing, please register your interest here.