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NRDF closure

May 21 2009
The 10-year-old National Rent Deposit Forum is to close after failing to secure funding A 10-year-old charity is being forced to close within the next two months after failing to secure further funding. The National Rent Deposit Forum (NRDF), which is based in Birmingham but works across England, is the only organisation that provides specialised support and advice to rent deposit schemes. Their schemes house homeless people in private rented properties and support them while they are tenants. Each project acts as a go-between for tenant and landlord, standing guarantor for rent, rent arrears, theft or damage. The NRDF housed 14,000 people a year, using some 8,500 landlords. The heads of the charity are blaming this cash crisis on local authorities who are looking to put homeless people in private rented accommodation. Although the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) released a policy briefing last year encouraging local authorities to help in this area, the ODPM has refused to provide the NRDF with financial support. Charity heads have said they will continue to lobby the Government for financial support until close of business, expected on 30th April. Karen Dick, chair of the NRDF National Executive Committee, said, "we are bitterly disappointed that an organisation that has driven up standards, influenced policy and legislation and offered a quality service of support and guidance to rent deposit schemes is having to close its doors. The loss of the NRDF will have a major impact."