Tenant Accreditation Scheme

Tenant Accreditation Scheme

We believe that everyone should be able to fulfil their full potential.

This is why YMCA Somerset Coast, in partnership with Sedgemoor Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council, run the Tenant Accreditation Scheme (TAS), a module based course, which equips you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to seek independent accommodation and successfully maintain a home and tenancy.

We run regular TAS drop in sessions, within the Sedgemoor, Taunton and West Somerset area, where you can ask any questions about the course and meet the tutor. To find out more on these, plus when, and where, they will be taking place, please checkout our events page or contact us

What is the TAS course?

The TAS course comprises of six modules containing current, useful and relevant housing information. Topics which are covered throughout the course include : Choice Based Letting, types of properties, landlords, benefits, managing money & debts, utility bills, paying your rent, being healthy and active, staying safe, support networks and where to go for help and advice.

Module 1 – Finding Housing
Module 2 – Having a Home of my own
Module 3 – Housing Costs
Module 4 – Looking after my Home
Module 5 – Looking after me
Module 6 – Help, what do I do if …?

Throughout the TAS Course, you will:

  • Complete an information book; which can be used to refer back to at any time.
  • Be provided with many different organisation/ agencies details.
  • Earn a certificate on completion for your own records

What are the benefits of doing the TAS course?

  • The TAS puts you in control of your future by giving you the practical tools you need to move on and sustain long term housing
  • TAS status, when passed, gives you preference on the CBL system with registered social landlords.
  • TAS status demonstrates to Landlords that you will understand what is being asked of you as a tenant.
  • Through taking part in the TAS Course you will get the opportunity to meet with different agencies; housing advisors, housing benefit officers, environmental health and many more
  • TAS is a flexible course: Sessions can be worked around you and your other commitments

Am I eligible for the TAS course?

You are eligible to apply for the course if you are:

  • Living independently and wish to learn more skills to support your successful sustainment of your home and tenancy.
  • Looking to move into independent accommodation in the next 3-6 months.
  • Living within Sedgemoor, Taunton and the West Somerset Area.

How do I apply?

To apply for a place on the next TAS course, running in your area please, contact us for an application form.

How much is this course?

The TAS course is FREE. Offered in partnership with local councils and YMCA Somerset Coast Group.

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