See yourself as a partner - Guide to Community Partnership Development: Annex B

Example of Agreement development:

How to establish partnerships with landlords and property managers.

  • Assign a specific person to negotiate lease agreements

    Housing providers are traditionally the ones tasked with finding building managers and clients to house. This can create conflicts because the worker must defend the client and establish a business relationship with the owner. We should therefore ensure that housing providers do not act as intermediaries with building managers because they do not share the same goals. We must not lose sight of the fact that the owner is in business and must have a counterpart who speaks the same language.

  • Establish specific agreements with building managers

    For example, the organization leases the apartment and sublets it to a client. Building managers are therefore assured that the organization will deal with any problems. A building manager’s primary concerns are to be paid on time and to ensure that the property is adequately maintained.

  • Educate building managers about the clientele and the benefits of working in partnership with the organization to oversee the leasing

    For example, free training modules can be developed based on the Housing First approach for front-line workers and building managers.

  • Educate yourself on who building managers are and what they want

    Make the most of opportunities such as National Housing Day or committees organized by the city by asking building managers to share their questions and concerns. This will help you better understand why they are reluctant to provide rental housing for clients. It also helps to ensure that building managers are included in the conversation.

  • Understanding what building managers want, means being heard and feeling supported
  • Offer to pay building managers for repairs or to develop other housing units if the organization has the means
  • Get the city involved in identifying and penalizing building managers who provide sub-standard housing
  • Don’t make too many promise

    It is better to have an honest conversation and promise only what can actually be delivered.

Show building managers that partnership helps to reduce risks and related costs because the organization is responsible for managing the clientele.

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