A council has just launched it own publicly-funded lettings agency and wants private landlords to sign up.
The 'Your Choice' lettings agency, run by South Ayrshire council, claims to be different from conventional agencies.
“Our focus is to help those on low incomes or people who have experienced homelessness. This fits in with our wider programme to reduce and alleviate homelessness where possible, as part of our Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan. It's not easy for everyone to find a quality home, your income and background often determine the kind of housing you end up with” says a statement from the agency.
It continues: “We're keen to hear from private landlords that want to help us make a difference. We provide a rent guarantee for the first three months, prepare all the lease documents and offer support throughout the tenancy.
“Working with private landlords means our dedicated team of housing professionals can provide access to property in areas not available on the housing list, so we're giving people more choice than ever.”
A council spokesman adds: ”This is an exciting new housing initiative which will bring about lasting change.
"First and foremost, we want to meet the needs of our tenants and ensure landlords are supported.
"We're determined to set the standard for quality, value for money and professionally managed property and give everyone a home they can be proud of.”