A local authority is imploring private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, to lease their properties and thus allow homeless people to become tenants.
A representative of the Highland council in Scotland says: “The COVID-19 outbreak has affected all aspects of our daily lives and we have seen increased pressure on our homelessness service, including demand from the loss of tied accommodation in the hotel industry. The current situation is making it extremely difficult for us to provide suitable accommodation for people who are homeless at this difficult time.
“We know that private landlords and providers of short-term lets across the Highlands are being hit hard by Coronavirus in terms of reduced bookings. We are encouraging anyone in such a position to consider temporarily leasing their property to the Council.