A project that was set up to promote equality and diversity in the Welsh PRS, that is being run in partnership with the RLA, will celebrate its first birthday this month.
The Open Doors project, which is being run by charity Tai Pawb, has already made a huge difference since it was set up in August last year.
Since its launch, over 90 landlords have said that they felt ‘more confident’ following attending events run by Open Doors, with more than 500 landlords accessing information on their rights and responsibilities in the Open Doors online hub.
In July, Open Doors launched a new A-Z guide on equality for landlords in Wales. A launch event for the guide was held, which was was sponsored by the Shadow Housing Minister in Wales.
Bethan Sayed AM, and was also attended by the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in Wales Rebecca Evans AM.
The Open Doors project was set up last year after charity Tai Pawb, which promotes equality in housing, was awarded a £249,425 lottery grant to set up and run the Open Doors project, promoting equality in the PRS in the Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil areas.
The project is a two year scheme, and it aims to provide landlords and letting agents in the PRS as well as tenants from minority groups, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prevents and also reduce discrimination.
The RLA’s role includes working with private landlords and letting agents to improve their capacity to deal with issues related to equality and diversity and helping the Open Doors team engage with those renting out homes.
As the project marks its first birthday, the project lead Sarah Vining said: “Open Doors has achieved a great deal in our first year, and we are pleased with the high numbers of landlords and tenants that have engaged with us and benefitted from our project services. It has been wonderful to meet and work with landlords who are demonstrating best practice in the sector, and to provide training and assistance to those who need support. We look forward to continuing to progress our work in the second year, including the development of digital learning materials for RLA members, and the piloting of a landlord-tenant mediation service.”
You can follow updates from the project including news and events by heading over the Open Doors twitter feed here. If anyone has an equality and diversity query that you would like our help with, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07585 405555 / www.opendoors.wales / @OpenDoorsTP / www.facebook.com/OpendoorsTP”