New opportunity presented to Hounslow landlords

Published by Daniel Jones

Landlords in a part of west London have been given a new opportunity to earn a return on their property and do a good deed for members of society who are facing an uncertain future.

Hounslow Council has launched a brand new scheme that aims to incentivise the housing of people who are facing up to the prospect of becoming homeless. It is asking landlords to take on these individuals, and is offering up to £1,000 for doing so, as well as an opportunity to secure a grant of up to £15,000 for improvements.

It will mean landlords have a financial reason for providing a home to families who may be set to lose their existing address.

Councillor Steve Curran, cabinet member for housing at the council, explained housing benefit cuts are having a negative effect in London and are pushing more people towards outlying areas such as Hounslow.

He added  this is making is increasingly difficult for the local authority to find suitable housing for families who most need it.

"We don't want to have to move people away from their families and friends, so we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem, and these incentives for local landlords should help us meet the demand we're facing. We're also working hard to try to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place, and will continue to do whatever we can to prevent local families form losing their homes," he stated.

Such a scheme could even incentivise the buying of homes to let in places such as Hounslow, as landlords can be confident there is sufficient supply. This may ensure they do not have to leave their home sitting empty for any lengthy periods.

The council has confirmed it is interested in properties of all sizes for its new leasing scheme, while bed and breakfast providers can even apply to take on vulnerable families in exchange for financial reward, with those properties that have wheelchair access sure to be especially attractive.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801613693-ADNFCR

Published on: July 17, 2013

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