A local authority has set up what it calls The Private Sector Landlord service to try to harness some private property to accommodate those on the council housing waiting list until a permanent home can be sourced.
West Lothian council can offer guaranteed rental with the potential of no void rent loss periods for a minimum 12 month period. The rent will match the local housing allowance rate.
If the landlord or their agent, and West Lothian council, are happy with the property and service, the agreement can be rolled over for another 12 months.
Should the property require any repairs during the term of the tenancy then it will be reported to a council housing officer who will notify the landlord or agent to allow them to decide how to progress.
A deposit guarantee to the amount of two months' rent will be given to cover any discrepancies at the end of the tenancy, which are out with fair wear and tear.
Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul, says: "As lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted this is an opportunity for a landlord to work with the local authority and help provide a home for people during this uncertain period all while ensuring they receive rent on their property for a minimum of 12 months."