Advice on tenants fostering children – spooked by LA?

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14:43 PM, 18th July 2018
About 4 months ago

Advice on tenants fostering children – spooked by LA?

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Advice on tenants fostering children – spooked by LA?

We rent a 2 bed property to a middle aged couple. They keep it in good condition and always pay the rent on time. They have applied to foster a child, and they informally asked if I was OK with this, which I am.

However, my son has told me that the local authority children’s department will formally seek my permission, as landlord, for them to house a foster child in my rental property.

This spooked me, as I distrust government bureaucracies. Is there anything that I need to consider? For instance, if the child damages the property I assumed that this would be covered by my tenancy agreement with the couple, and they would be responsible for the damages?

Is there anything that I need to do in order to protect my interest in the property?

If anyone has experience of any pitfalls in tenant’s fostering children in rental properties I would appreciate your advice.

Many thanks

Robert



Comments

Jan Martin

17:52 PM, 18th July 2018
About 4 months ago

Well I can give you my opinion for what its worth although I was not renting a property. Your tenant would have to take out home insurance which they should already have and inform the insurance company that they are fostering for the local authority. I fostered over 60 young people when I came to Wales and built up my portfolio at the same time .Local authority were excellent with regards to any problems that the carer may have. You will not have a problem with your rent either. I can only speak as I find .

JO CHAPMAN

11:23 AM, 19th July 2018
About 4 months ago

I have tenants who asked if they could foster, like yours, they pay the rent on time and look after the property well. All I had to do was give my permission to the Local Authority for foster children to live there and inform my insurance company. It did not make any difference to my insurance premium. They have been fostering for three years now with no problems. I do not know why this has spooked you to be quite honest. Just make sure their insurance company know they are fostering and wish them well. It will not have any impact on your life and you will have the knowledge that a child has a better chance with foster parents than stuck in an orphanage.

Laura Delow

13:58 PM, 19th July 2018
About 4 months ago

I would love it if my tenants asked my permission to foster as the stringent assessment the foster parent has to go through means you're more likely to have a more responsible tenant who truly looks after their "home" thus ensuring their foster children have a good experience.


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