A city council in the North West is trying to ease pressure on its social housing waiting list by launching its own lettings agency.
Salford City Council is working with private landlords through its new agency, Salford Property Link. The aim is to help people waiting for social housing to find good quality affordable accommodation more quickly.
“There are huge waiting lists for social housing, with 39 people bidding for every property that becomes available but not enough homes to meet demand,” said city mayor, Paul Dennett.
“There is great potential for landlords to work with us to help people get the homes they want. We will work with tenants to make sure they can afford the property and with landlords to make sure the property meets decent homes standards.”
The new agency offers landlords a range of services, the council said: from simple advertising and tenant matching right through to full property management, repairs and guaranteed rent.
It’s part of a package of measures the city council is undertaking to address the national housing crisis, including launching its own company Dérive to provide more social housing.
It is also offering more housing support to veterans and their families, who may be struggling with rent arrears or to set up new homes after leaving the service.