Northumberland County Council in partnership with Silx Youth Project, a Blyth based organisation, has launched a guidebook aimed at helping first time housing tenants.
The Young Tenants’ User Guide has been developed directly with Silx Youth Project.  The guide is based upon the project’s own practical experience of working with young people and aims to provide information on everything a young tenant may need.  Pitched at 18-25 year olds, it tackles issues such as finance and how to keep on top of your bills, budgeting and saving money on utility bills, as well as how to claim for any benefits they may be entitled to.  The guide also explains what a tenancy agreement is and the importance of understanding what tenants are responsible for and the council as the landlord, including what can happen if those responsibilities are not met. The guide also includes tips on how to stay safe in your home, as well as issues such as sexual and mental health.
The idea for the guide came from feedback from young people in the Blyth area who were struggling to manage in social or private rented accommodation.  Now, each new young tenant will be given the guide at their tenancy introduction meeting with a council housing officer.  Copies are also available from the Silx offices on Church Street, Blyth.