Council seeks partnership with private landlords in Bideford.

Torridge District Council is calling on private landlords with properties for rent in the Bideford area to come forward to discuss long term leases for their properties. The request is part of the Council’s push to find a more ready supply of accommodation for when people find themselves temporarily homeless or in need of housing assistance.

Homelessness can occur for numerous reasons – family breakdown, sudden change in financial circumstance – and people often turn to the Council for short-term help in such circumstances. The shortage of readily available affordable accommodation across the district means that some people have to be placed into bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation for short periods, where they may lack cooking and laundry facilities.

Torridge Council is proactively seeking landlords with available properties that it can lease on a 2-4 year basis to temporarily house people. Properties must be of a good standard and low maintenance and the Council are particularly interested in larger 4-5-bedroom homes for families and 2-bedroom level access properties for people with mobility issues. In return the Council will manage the property, ensure that it is returned in the condition that it was leased and provide the landlord with a guaranteed income for the duration of the lease.

Councillor Michael Clarke, Lead Member for Homelessness and Housing Need in Torridge, said: “Anyone might find themselves in a sudden homeless situation during their lives and, while not always the case, may be in need of the Council’s help to get them back on their feet in the short-term. Having a list of readily available and suitable properties we can utilise to assist people will be of huge benefit to everyone involved. We hope landlords will rally to this call for available properties and get in touch with our officers to discuss becoming involved in this project. The upside to all of this will hopefully be to everybody’s advantage.”

Any property owners who would like to explore these proposals further are asked to contact Helen Page on 01237 428843 or email housing.options@torridge.gov.uk

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