Campaigning for the rights of private tenants in Scarborough
Organisation of Private Tenants (OPT) (formerly known as Scarborough Private Tenants Rights Group) is a campaigning group and voice for tenants renting privately in the Borough of Scarborough.
Privately rented housing is different from home ownership or social renting. It should not be worse!
Scarborough Borough Council's Housing Options guide states that "Unfortunately there is a significant shortage of affordable housing within the Scarborough Borough", this can create a high demand for renting privately. According to Shelter there are 2,355 households on the waiting list for affordable housing in the area (http://localhousingwatch.org.uk/local_authority.php?la=225). In 2009 according to Government figures, there were around 1800 empty homes not in use in the Borough, around 700 have been empty for longer than 6 months!
The group campaigns locally, regionally and nationally on issues such deposits, repairs, tenancy agreements, health and safety, possession proceedings and evictions, consultation with tenants, fair rents, security of tenure, enforcement of tenants rights, empty homes, harassment, benefits, housing energy performance and representation for tenants.
OPT is an independent voluntary campaigning organisation. It can provide information to tenants but it is not an advice agency and does not take on casework. Details of agencies which can provide advice, support and advocacy are listed on the links page.
If you would like to contribute to the work of OPT please email: ScarOPT@yahoo.co.uk. Telephone: 07931 142485.
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Last updated on 5th March 2013.