LEADING IN HOUSING, SUPPORT AND RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
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3. Small landlords

How can small  landlords invest in housing for people with learning disabilities?

About small landlords providing housing for people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities often have the qualities that small landlords seek in an ideal tenant. Most small landlords are typically seeking tenants that:

  • Do not breach their tenancy and pay the rent;
  • Want to stay living in their properties for longer periods to minimise void times;
  • Are ‘good tenants’ that provide a reliable source of rental income.   

Even though people with learning disabilities could be very attractive as potential tenants for small landlords, most small landlords do not automatically consider people with learning disabilities as potential tenants despite the following benefits;      

  • The majority of this population is likely to have an on-going need for housing to rent;
  • They need housing in all locations in the UK;
  • A mix of types of housing is required;
  • They tend to be relatively stable and tend to move less frequently than other potential tenants;
  • They usually receive some level of care and support to live independent lives;  
  • The diversity of housing requirements means that small landlords have a wide range of types of housing that will be potentially suitable and attractive to people with learning disabilities, their families and supporters.  

People with learning disabilities are often looking for long term housing, for example as an alternative to living with their family or moving to residential care. Many people with learning disabilities will be long term tenants seeking to live in a particular location and the right property often for many years providing longer term security for landlords. This briefing outlines how small landlords can provide housing for people with learning disabilities.


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