Council asking for homes as it battles housing shortage
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
A council is trying to tackle its housing shortage by offering to lease homes from landlords and property owners.
Those who submit their properties to Richmond Council's scheme will get a full management service with guaranteed monthly payments.
The council is seeking homes of various sizes to house families and single people in the area, and will make the process easier for participating landlords by preparing legal documentation to set up the tenancy or any necessary eviction. It will also carry out thorough quarterly inspections of the property and make minor repairs.
Suitable landlords will enter into agreements for a minimum of a year and upwards, with the council returning the property at the end of the agreed time with vacant possession.
Cllr Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Housing said: “As part of our effort to meet the need for social housing and temporary accommodation, we are encouraging anyone with vacant properties to lease their properties to us. In return we can offer guaranteed payments while ensuring the properties are properly maintained and kept in good condition.
“Through this scheme, we can fulfil our role in offering suitable accommodation for families in urgent need, while providing a full management service to Landlords who may have little time on their hands and wish to pass on the responsibility of their properties to our fully experienced housing officers who can alleviate the burden.”