Landlord’s Forum aims to tackle housing waiting lists

Forest of Dean District Council is holding a special event to launch a new scheme aimed at encouraging private landlords to work in partnership with the council to help alleviate homelessness and reduce the local housing waiting list.

The Tenancy Support Package will be outlined at a two-hour session at The Main Place, Coleford, on 30 September, 10am-12pm. Private landlords are invited along to find out more about a range of benefits being made available to those who rent out their properties to families or individuals who are either likely to be, or are currently homeless.

The Council is part of a consortium of local authorities 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 2105 people on Forest of Dean District 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 proposed benefits of working with the authority. 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:  “We are very keen to reduce the housing waiting lists by getting people into private sector rented accommodation.

 “There is high demand for social housing across our district. 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 which would require a budget of approximately £1,750 per property for incentives to landlords and tenants.

 “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.”

Cllr Di Martin, Cabinet Member for Housing says; “I’m really happy to support this initiative, we want to encourage responsible landlords to sign up to help shorten this waiting list for our residents. We will do this by providing support for local landlords to help them ensure that their properties are in good hands. I am excited to see this develop into a working relationship between private landlords and the District Council.”

The event runs on 30th September, 10-12pm at The Main Place, Main Road, Coleford GL16 8NH 

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

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