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We react to new homelessness laws and need landlords to join us

We are looking for more private-sector landlords to work with us in tackling homelessness in the district by joining our 'Private Sector Lease Scheme' as part of our work under the Homelessness Reduction Act.

The scheme sees us leasing properties from private landlords and then renting them to people who need accommodation in the district.

We already have 117 properties in the scheme and a long history of managing properties in this way, but now more properties and landlords are needed.

Cllr Jill Cleary, Portfolio Holder for Housing believes the scheme benefits landlords as well as people who need accommodation, "Becoming homeless is a devastating thing to happen. And it is not just the stereotype of rough-sleepers this national issue affects; losing your home could happen to anyone, often through no fault of their own. We work to help anyone who doesn't have a roof over their head. But this issue, although a complicated one, and our role as the Council, comes down to needing more properties than just our social housing.

"We are working hard to meet the requirements of the new Homelessness Reduction Act head-on and in its first few months helped 63 households who were facing the imminent loss of their homes to secure alternative accommodation and avoid homelessness. But we can't do this alone. We need more properties and believe what we offer landlords who join the private sector lease scheme is hassle-free with many mutual benefits.

"We want to increase the number of properties we manage in the private rented sector, at a time of high housing demand, to assist more households in securing suitable accommodation. Landlords may be considering how proposed new legislation might affect them and I believe our scheme provides the peace of mind they may need. I would urge anyone who owns property in the New Forest district to contact us and find out more."

Landlords who join the scheme receive a fixed term lease over a number of years and guaranteed monthly rental income for the whole of the lease period, including any times when the property is empty. There is no management fee charged and repairs are carried out by the council's maintenance team. There is also guaranteed vacant possession of the property which is returned in a good state of repair and decoration at the end of the lease.

Property owners, who already rent out or are thinking of doing so, are wanted to join the scheme. One-bed through to four and five bed properties are needed, with the greatest need being for two and three bed properties.

Landlords can find out more by contacting Daniel Friedman 02380 285588 / daniel.friedman@nfdc.gov.uk . More information is available www.newforest.gov.uk/PSL

 

Updated: 10 Sep 2018
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