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Councils reach out to private landlords to House homeless

homeless-girl-blaA number of councils have appealed to private landlords to help the homeless by housing them.

As the letting sector shrinks due to landlords selling up, councils are getting desperate to house people.

Recent report published by Nwemail stated;

South Lakeland District Council is appealing to private landlords to help tackle homelessness.

Council bosses said more properties are required to house an increasing number of people in need.

SLDC works closely with 26 private landlords who readily offer shelter to those who have lost their homes and councillors hope more will consider doing the same.

Misconception is that homeless people have drug and alcohol problems

Councillor Jonathan Brook, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Innovation for SLDC, said: “The common misconception is that homeless people have drug and alcohol problems, lead chaotic lives and only have themselves to blame.

“In reality people from all walks of life can suddenly find themselves homeless for a whole variety of reasons, such as the loss of employment or the breakdown of a relationship.

“We are asking private landlords who may feel reluctant to offer their property to a homeless person to put aside any misconceptions and work with us.”

There has been 167 homelessness applications in the last year and the latest figures show that 36 people presented as homeless in the three months from 1 April to 30 June of this year.

SLDC said the suitability of all tenants applying for housing will be carefully assessed and both the landlord and tenant will be fully supported throughout the tenancy.

Rents will be charged at the Local Housing Allowance rate of £421.10 a month for a one bedroom and £536.98 a month for a two bedroom property.

Homeless needing help to keep a roof over their head is increasing.

Cllr Brook said: “You’d be forgiven for thinking homelessness isn’t a problem here in South Lakeland, however the truth is that the number of people needing help to keep a roof over their head is increasing.

“The council’s Housing Options team is working hard on both the prevention and relief of homelessness. We have some big challenges to overcome and by liaising with more private landlords we will be able to reach out to those who need our help.” this article was was written by Mr Issac Rigby-Nelson

Mr Hanson from the British Landlords Association said; we have notices in the last 8 weeks a few councils have appealed to private landlords to help the homeless. Increasing numbers of people who are deemed not priority and are being turn away by councils. Some of these people have no where to go and end up sleeping on the streets.

He went onto say “some of these street homeless are employed and are still holding down full time employment. We appeal to all our members to contact their local council and see how they as landlords can help the homeless in their area. Some councils have incentives for landlords to participate in helping the homeless.  Local charities who help the homeless too have structures to work closely with the landlord in order to place a homeless person or family into a home. They also sometimes help with benefit application and provide a starter pack to help a homeless person to be able to start making a home for themselves.”

The BLA CEO Mr Ahmad recently spoke about the problem of Homelessness

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