Private landlords are to be given a month’s rent upfront and 12 months’ membership of a trade body if they sign up to a local council’s new scheme to combat homelessness.
The scheme, run by Stroud council, is similar in principle to others that exist - the landlord agrees that the council lets their property to a homeless or vulnerable tenant in return for a guaranteed rent, and the pledge that the property will be returned to the landlord in the same condition at the end of the tenancy.
However, what is different is the upfront rent pledge and the free 12 month membership of the National Landlords Association.
“We helped 52 households find private rented accommodation last year, with a 90% success rate” says council spokesman Phil Bishop.
A member of the council’s housing advice team will carry out regular tenancy checks, and property inspections if requested.
One residential landlord whose tenant was arranged by Stroud council is cited by the authority as saying: “The scheme works so well because it provides support to the landlord as well as the tenant. The communication from my caseworker is nothing short of amazing.”
The council says there is a severe and growing shortage of council and housing association homes in the district with 3,663 households registered on the council’s housing waiting list.