Council guarantees rent to private landlords who sign up to new scheme

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Wealden District Council is launching a new private sector leasing scheme.Wealden flag

As Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing and Benefits explained, LetSure offers hassle-free letting to landlords and temporary accommodation to individuals and families faced with homelessness.

Throughout the country, and particularly in high house price areas like Wealden, we have seen an increased reliance on the private rental sector to provide homes for families and individuals.  For tenants with uncertain financial means, this can raise the spectre of being made homeless if they fall on hard times.

The Council is always ready to help.  But rather than use bed and breakfast accommodation, we want to work with private landlords to ensure that good quality, cared-for temporary accommodation is available in the District, both for individuals and families.

Wealden LetSure, our Private Leasing Scheme, provides the reassurance landlords need to offer accommodation to meet this local need.  It’s a free service and they will get a guaranteed rental income and free property management.

We’ve been aware of a demand for this type of service from private landlords for some time. Through LetSure, Wealden is offering an innovative way to help the market provide help where it is needed.

The scheme offers private landlords a guaranteed rent for 52 weeks of the year, a free housing management service and repairs if required.  And they will get their property back in the same condition, minus reasonable wear and tear, at the end of the lease period.

Wealden LetSure is looking for unfurnished one and two bedroomed properties in the main Wealden towns of Hailsham, Polegate, Uckfield, Crowborough and Heathfield.  Properties should comply with the Decent Homes Standard.

LetSure is a partnership between property owners and the local authority.

Property owners lease the property to the Council, on an initial lease of one year.  The Council lets the property, provides tenants, guarantees the owner’s rent 52 weeks of the year and provides the housing management service.  Repairs may be carried out by the Council or the owner, but are the responsibility of the owner.

If you are a landlord and interested in finding out more about the scheme, you can download a helpful guide from the Wealden website.  Or contact us at letsure@wealden.gov.uk or call 01323 443393.

The permission of the mortgage lender may be required if there is a mortgage on the property.

Have Your Say:  What do you think of the scheme?  Will it help local families find suitable rented accommodation?  Do you agree with the Wealden District Council acting as a ‘middleman’ in this way?  Add your comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.

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