September 4, 2014 3.32 pm This story is over 83 months old

Homeless family benefits from new Lincoln landlord scheme

Affordable housing: A homeless family are the first to benefit from private rented housing as part of a scheme introduced by the City of Lincoln Council.

A homeless family are the first to benefit from private rented housing as part of a scheme introduced by the City of Lincoln Council.

The Landlord Accreditation Scheme, which was launched in July in partnership with DASH Services, hopes to bring benefits to both the landlord and tenant by encouraging letting agreements with residents most in need.

To join the council’s scheme, properties must be of a good standard and let at an affordable rent.

Landlords with properties to let or residents looking for affordable accommodation can find out more about the scheme online or by contacting 01522 873781.

Landlord Howard Kemp, who recently let his property to a homeless family, said: “I am very happy to support the city council with their scheme.

“They quickly found a family to move into my property and they have settled in very well. It is reassuring that I can contact the Private Housing Liaison Officer directly at the council should the need arise.”

Private Housing Liaison Officer Joanna Gray was pleased with the successful launch of the scheme. She said: “We are beginning to receive enquiries from landlords following a successful launch of the scheme in July.

“We are really pleased to have re-housed a homeless family who would otherwise have had to wait a long time for suitable accommodation. They may also have had to go into temporary accommodation, which is very stressful and disruptive for families with children.

“Our scheme encourages and supports good standards in private rented housing by supporting landlords and recognising the good work they do. We hope this will help to improve the quality of housing in Lincoln.”

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