Guidance & resources

Below are specific private rented sector resources and guidance for survivors, landlords/letting agents, local authority housing teams and specialist domestic abuse practitioners.

 

COVID-19

DAHA had developed several resources for housing providers responding to domestic abuse in the context of COVID-19. For the full list of resources, please go to DAHA’s COVID-19 resource.

Below are the specific resources developed for PRS partners.

 

Survivors

The Private Rented Sector (PRS) Project is not a front-line service that directly supports individuals experiencing domestic abuse, however we will use this page to promote any guidance that may support survivors of domestic abuse to understand their housing rights and options, particularly with regard to the private rented sector. 

 

Landlords & letting agents

PRS landlords and letting agents do not have a statutory obligation to have a response to tenants experiencing domestic abuse and are not expected to be specialists in domestic abuse. However, we know that landlords and letting agents may be the first and/or only community members who a survivor may talk to about their experiences of domestic abuse, and it is important to equip landlords and letting agents with information and guidance on how to

  • identify the signs of domestic abuse,
  • respond safely and helpfully,
  • signpost to local specialist services, and
  • offer housing-specific support and solutions

We have worked in partnership with national housing bodies such as the Association of Residential Letting Agents and FixFlo to develop specific guidance for landlords, letting agents, and repair and maintenance professionals. Below are the resources currently available to these professionals

Specialist domestic abuse practitioners

Coming soon. We are developing specific guidance for specialist practitioners, such as domestic abuse outreach workers and Independent domestic violence advisors (Idvas) to support survivors living in the private rented sector and may need to consider their housing rights and options.

 

Local authority housing team

Coming soon. We are developing specific guidance for local authority housing teams to advise local private rented sector landlords and letting agents on how to support tenants experiencing domestic abuse.