Forum aims to tackle housing waiting lists

Cotswold District Council is holding a special event on 9th September at The Bothy, Ashcroft Rd, Cirencester, between 10am -12pm to launch a new Tenancy Support Package. The scheme is aimed at encouraging private landlords to work in partnership with the council to help alleviate homelessness and reduce the local housing waiting list.

 

The event will outline a range of benefits being made available to private landlords who rent out their properties to families or individuals who are either likely to be, or are currently homeless.

 

The Council is one of a consortium across Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire using Government funding from the Private Rented Sector Access Fund to help people off the housing waiting lists and into private rented accommodation.

 

Currently there are 1,859 people on the Cotswold council’s housing waiting list, and it is hoped private landlords will attend the working brunch forum in September to find out more about the Tenancy Support Package and its proposed benefits. These include, but are not limited to;

 

  • No fees
  • 1 month’s rent in advance
  • Cash deposit
  • 12 month membership to the National Landlord Association
  • Tenancy Support
  • Support  line for landlords
  • Tenancy checks at 3, 6 and 11 months
  • Property inspections on request

 

Housing Property Manager Chauncy Seed said:  “There is high demand for social housing in the district and we are very keen to reduce the housing waiting lists by getting people into private sector rented accommodation.

 

“To help people get into the private sector we will need to provide financial assistance with deposits and rent advance, as this is the area which often proves a barrier for would be tenants.

 

“The aim is to get 180 new tenancies across the partnership.

 

“We currently have a system where people bid for social housing and we are working on a bolt-on package to enable us to advertise private sector properties on the system and we are hoping landlords will use this opportunity to advertise free of charge on the new system when it becomes available later in the year. “

 

Councillor Lisa Spivey, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness said: “"Bringing down the ever growing housing waiting list needs to be tackled using a number of different approaches, and whilst this administration is committed to the direct delivery of more social and affordable rent properties, we recognise that it can't happen overnight. Using the private rented sector is a way of keeping residents housed in the district and I really hope that landlords will see the many positives to this scheme."

 

One landlord recently contacted the council saying: “I had heard that the council was looking for emergency accommodation and I said I had a good house available….Soon afterwards a couple moved in. They are both working, looking after the property well and talking about staying for the long-term. I am pleased I have been able to help them put a roof over their heads.”

 

For more information contact Chauncy.seed@publicagroup.uk or call her on 01285 623346

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
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