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:
- Not for profit
- Internet based, no local offices to save the charity's costs
- Call centre model with highly trained housing brokers
- Training by H&SA (Housing and Support Alliance)
- Feet on the ground with Regional Tenancy Agents
- Custom built back office administration system
- Our unique Lets for Life tenancy agreement.
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.