Council seeks renting partnership with private landlords.

Torridge District Council is calling on private landlords with accommodation for rent in Bideford 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 housing 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, etc, and people often turn to the Council for short term help and assistance. The shortage of readily available affordable accommodation across the district often means that people have to be housed in inappropriate and expensive bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation, during the period in which they need the Council’s help.

Torridge Council is proactively seeking landlords with available properties that it can lease on a 2-4 year basis that can be used to temporarily house people. Properties must be of a good standard with low maintenance and the Council are particularly interested in 1 bedroom and larger 4-5-bedroom homes. In return the Council can offer a secured direct income for landlords and over a longer period than shorter term lets normally afford.

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, maybe in need of the Council’s help to get them back on their feet. Having a list of readily available and suitable properties we can use to house 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 the 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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