A NEW housing initiative that aims to benefit both landlords and people needing rented accommodation has been launched in the Chichester district.
The district council’s homefinder property management service is a professional in-house lettings agency for private sector landlords.
“It can provide a guaranteed monthly income to landlords, while helping people who desperately need homes to access quality housing,” said a council spokesman.
An event has been organised for local landflords on Thursday, April 19, at 6.30pm at the council’s East Pallant House offices.
This will include a chance to meet the homefinder team, and discuss needs in more detail.
Anyone wanting to attend should call 01243 534734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“The scheme offers a complete letting service – ranging from helping to find a tenant, to dealing with all the paperwork and day-to-day running of the property,” said Cllr Janet Duncton, council cabinet member for housing and planning.
“The recent reduction in the amount of housing benefit payable to private tenants has resulted in fewer private rented properties being made available.
“We have around 4,500 people on our housing waiting list, and desperately need more quality rented accommodation.
“This scheme will not only help reduce the waiting list, but also help prevent homelessness by providing more properties for us to use.
“The service is specifically for landlords who are willing to accept tenants claiming housing benefit.
“It will also offer grants to help landlords bring properties back into use and meet the required standards.
“Other councils across the country are running successful schemes such as this.
“And it is making a real difference by helping landlords find tenants and local people find quality housing.”