Wealden District Council has drawn up a plan to help avoid homeless families being placed in bed and breakfast emergency accommodation, by joining forces with private landlords.
The range of options put forward by the council will include a property management service and leasing scheme.
Cllr Graham Wells, Cabinet Member for Housing and Asset Management, said: “It is becoming harder for households threatened with becoming homeless to find secure accommodation in the private rented sector. By expanding our range of services, we hope that private sector landlords will feel more confident about using their properties to provide much–needed housing opportunities.”
Through the Government-backed Letstart scheme, Wealden provides deposit guarantees and loans to help with the cost of a deposit. It has also been operating a limited Private Sector Leasing Scheme, where it leases property from the private sector to rent out to households threatened with homelessness, which is to be expanded. As well as acting as landlord under the leasing scheme, the council will also provide a property management service for private landlords.
This will include finding tenants, drawing up tenancy agreements and managing the rent and deposit. Landlords will receive a guaranteed rent, from which the council will deduct a monthly management fee. They will also receive a damage guarantee up to the value of one month’s rent, and a repairs service if required.