DAHA received funding in 2017 from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to address raising awareness of domestic abuse in the private rented sector. 

The funding focussed on delivering a national project to engage with the PRS in order to raise awareness of domestic abuse and look at how the PRS could improve its response and effectively support tenants better.

Partnerships developed with some of the largest landlord professional bodies...

  • Residential Landlord Association
  • National Landlord Association
  • Association of Residential Letting Agents
  • Institute of Residential Property Managers

...who fully embraced the need to get the right messages out to landlords and property managers that they shouldn’t turn a blind eye to signs of domestic abuse or indeed direct disclosures.

Today, the MHCLG generously funds the PRS Development Manager post to deliver work in England as part of the Whole Housing Approach project.  

Key outcomes

  • ​DAHA produced a policy/fact sheet for landlord bodies to adopt
  • Articles were published in professional journals highlighting the nature and extent of abuse and the signs to look for and not ignore  
  • The NLA and RLA committed to training their members on domestic abuse
  • Presentations and key note speeches were given nationally by DAHA at landlord organisation regional meetings and conferences to raise awareness in the sector.

In terms of coverage and reach, DAHA engaged with over 90,000 landlord and agent members of the main professional bodies to raise awareness of domestic abuse and how the private rented sector should appropriately respond.

The intention now is for the project to move on to look at domestic abuse best practice with private tenant organisations, with a view that a complete model of best practice can be piloted further.

The DAHA Private Rented Sector work is led by Victoria Watts who is the PRS Manager. Victoria’s role is to extend DAHA’s model of best practice into the PRS by working with specialist agencies and local authorities.

Guidance for PRS

For further reading on the PRS, please visit our resources page.