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Private renting and mental health

Article Posted - 27th February 2019


For most tenants and landlords in the PRS, the relationship between them is simply a business transaction, with some tenants never even meeting their landlords in person, liaising instead through a property manager.  

But in some cases, the relationship between tenant and landlord can be more complex, and if the tenant has a mental illness, they may need more support from their landlord compared to other tenants.

While you are neither expected nor legally required to provide support, if you are a landlord who is willing to support your tenant, it is vital that you have access to the right resources and organisations.

Mind has an excellent advice page for helping someone else with a mental illness, as well as a wide range of training courses available. The Mental Health Foundation also provides practical advice on how to respond when people with mental health problems experience a crisis.

Here are some further tips on helping your tenant:

Through communication and the implementation of simple, yet imaginative solutions, your tenant will be able to continue living in the property. No case is the same however and thinking outside of the box may be required.

If you are concerned about a tenant and aren't sure what to do, you can call one of the following numbers:

NLA members can also call our advice line on 020 7840 8939.


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