West Lothian Council is appealing to buy-to-let landlords to provide private let accommodation as a means of accommodating those on the council housing waiting list until a permanent home can be sourced.
The council is offering a guaranteed rental with the potential of no void rent loss periods for a minimum 12-month period, with the rent matched by the local housing allowance rate.
The council also says that the tenancy agreement can be rolled over for another 12 months.
A deposit guarantee to the amount of two months’ rent will be offered to cover any discrepancies at the end of the tenancy.
George Paul, executive councillor for services for the community, commented: “I would encourage all landlords who have properties available and who may be interested in the scheme to contact the council today.
“As lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted this is an opportunity for a landlord to work with the local authority and help provide a home for people during this uncertain period all while ensuring they receive rent on their property for a minimum of 12 months.”