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Council turns to private sector landlords to solve housing crisis

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing

Council turns to private sector landlords to solve housing crisis Council turns to private sector landlords to solve housing crisis

A council has appealed to private rented sector landlords to offer homes for families on its waiting list.

Designed to tackle the local housing crisis, South Northamptonshire Council has launched a Private Sector Leasing scheme which will pay participating landlords their rent in advance and quarterly at the Local Housing Allowance rate for up to two years.

Minor repairs, plus gas and electricity safety checks, would also be carried out by the council and the property would be returned to the landlord in its original condition subject to fair wear and tear.

The property will be managed by the council's housing specialists and the agreement can be extended after two years at the consent of both parties.

Currently there is a shortage of smaller properties available to the council and the scheme aims to supply emergency housing to smaller families.

Placing them in larger homes, or even in bed and breakfast accommodation, is costly for both the council in terms of rent and the tenant in terms of utility bills on a larger property.

Councillor Dermot Bambridge, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for economic development, regeneration and housing said: “We really hope to find more local properties to help people struggling to find a home.

“Not only will this mean they have access to accommodation appropriate to their needs, but hopefully they will be able to live in or near the community they most relate to.

“It is also a great deal for the landlord as it can mean that we can provide a long term tenant and guarantee that the property will be returned in a good condition."

Landlords with one or two bedroom properties within the district of south Northamptonshire should contact the Council to find out whether they can join the scheme.

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