A local authority is urging private landlords to provide one bedroom properties for formerly homeless people moving out of supported accommodation.
Since the spring lockdown, Cheshire East council has accommodated a significant number of homeless residents in supported accommodation but these now need to move to independent private rental properties.
The council has won government funding to help with the programme.
Landlords who are willing to offer properties to these residents will receive incentives such as advance rent payments, a named contact to liaise with around tenancy issues, and the assurance that any tenancies granted will be closely monitored for at least the first five months - a period which can be extended if needed.
References will be provided by the resident’s current accommodation provider and only those deemed to be ready to hold a tenancy will be allowed to benefit from the programme, known as Next Steps.
A council spokesman says: “The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many people, sadly the situation has resulted in some residents becoming unemployed or struggling financially and losing their homes.
“The Next Steps programme is an opportunity for private landlords to offer secure one bedroomed accommodation to those in Cheshire East who need help. In return they will receive guaranteed rental income for a property that may otherwise have stood empty and support from an advisor who will work with them and their tenants.”
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