Designed with Local Housing Allowance (LHA) tenants in mind, LetsHelpYou enables Councils to offer a FREE service to Landlords and anyone searching for rental property in the private rented sector. All rents are compared to the maximum LHA within each local authority area, so prospective tenants can easily compare the affordability of all accommodation advertised. The multi-platform service matches landlords and tenants with each other based on their housing needs. It was funded by the DWP in light of the changes in LHA to try to make the transition easier for both landlords and tenants.
As an extension to LetsHelpYou is RentARoom, which puts people who are keen to let out a room in their property in touch with individuals who are just looking for a room to rent. It is designed to help public sector housing tenants who are struggling to pay increased rents - through, for example, under-occupation - or homeowners who want to make mortgage repayments easier to meet.
It is useful for families who have a spare room when a child goes to university and is especially beneficial for people under-35 – the group most impacted by welfare reforms – who are looking for somewhere to live. It also offers a potential solution for authorities housing people in temporary accommodation.