Hounslow Council has launched a new incentive scheme for landlords to help local families at risk of becoming homeless.
The new incentive scheme for landlords has been put together to encourage local landlords to work with the council, and provide housing for eligible local families.
This includes offering incentives of up to £1,000 for landlords to house tenants needing a home, and grants of up to £15,000 for improvement works. The council is also offering deposit assistance and rent in advance to tenants with identified housing needs.
Cllr Steve Curran, cabinet member for housing at the council, said: “Housing benefits cuts are pushing more people out of central London and into boroughs like Hounslow, which is making it harder for people to find homes they can afford in their local community.
“With affordable housing being in such short supply it’s becoming increasingly difficult for us to find suitable temporary accommodation for local people who are eligible for help, as rent levels are being pushed up.”
The council is looking for all sizes of property for their private sector leasing scheme, as well as bed and breakfast providers, particularly those with wheelchair adapted, family sized or self-contained accommodation.