09 July 2009

Launch of the Orchard and Shipman Letfirst Shop

On the 9th July property and letting specialists Orchard & Shipman (O&S) and the City of Edinburgh Council today, marked a major step forward in actively tackling homelessness throughout the city, with the official opening of the 'Orchard & Shipman Letfirst' shop.


Councillor Norman Work, Vice Convenor of the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee at The City of Edinburgh Council, officially opened the Letfirst shop in Morrison Street, Edinburgh.

Orchard & Shipman Letfirst, the first scheme of its kind, is an assisted private rented initiative focused on those people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or in unsuitable housing. It will provide assisted access to private rented properties for up to 300 households in the next year and has already attracted applications from over 200 potential tenants, with over 10 properties let and some 50 other properties in the pipeline. Orchard & Shipman is now seeking landlords with suitable properties to participate in the scheme.

Letfirst works by offering tenants access into properties without the traditional need for a deposit and advance monthly rent payment, thereby helping people into homes that without the scheme they would be unable to access.

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