Council’s partnership scheme for landlords
Friday 10 February 2017
Milton Keynes Council has launched a scheme which offers to lease out private landlords’ accommodation and provide a full management service or find suitable tenants for empty properties.
The council is hoping to change perceptions about social housing tenancies in a bid to get more private landlords to work with them to tackle homelessness in the area.
The Enhanced Private Sector Leasing Scheme offers a range of benefits to good private landlords in return for them leasing their property to the council.
These include: a guaranteed rent every month - which will be 10 per cent above the local housing allowance level - a full management service, no service or administrative charges, repairs completed, and gas safety checks carried out each year.
Councillor Nigel Long said: “On January 13 we had 619 homeless households in temporary accommodation.
“Many of these are in properties outside of Milton Keynes. We want to bring them home to Milton Keynes, but we need local good quality landlords to work with the council.”
The council says it wants to work in partnership with ‘good quality private landlords’ so that their properties can be used to house local families with children in Milton Keynes.
“Whilst this is not a solution to the housing crisis the city faces, it is a further step in trying to keep homeless families closer to the communities they come from and closer to the schools their children go to,” he added.
The current local housing allowance rates in Milton Keynes are (weekly/monthly):
Shared room (£69.73 / £302.16); 1 bedroom (£121.19 / £525.16); 2 bedrooms (£151.50 / £656.50); 3 bedrooms (£174.81 / £757.51); 4 bedrooms (£223.63 / £969.06).
Many private sector landlords see social housing tenancies as a higher risk than traditional rentals, and rising rents in the open private market also make that sector more appealing financially.
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