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Golden Welcome cash payment to landlords
Central Government is doing all it can to deter private landlords from providing housing to people on benefits and now Local Councils are desperate enough to do this:
Monmouthshire Lettings Service Scheme will offer landlords a cash payment of up to £1,200 just for joining, free quarterly property inspections and guaranteed rental payments.
The scheme offers landlords comprehensive checks and vetting on all potential tenants who will be drawn from those deemed homeless and most in urgent need of accommodation.
County Cabinet member and Councillor responsible for housing, Bob Greenland, told the Abergavenny Chronicle: “It’s a letting agency with a difference where both landlord and tenant are listened to and valued equally with transparency and honesty integral to its working practices. The team will work with landlords to help manage and advertise properties as well as find vetted tenants.”
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Private sector liaison officer, Lindsay Stewart,: “The money for the ‘Golden Welcome’ payments to landlords comes directly from Welsh Government funds to assist with homeless prevention services and will last until March of next year. We will be offering a vetting service to landlords to uncover criminal records and examine financial histories.
Tudor Thomas, of Abergavenny’s Priory Ward, said: “It’s a knee-jerk to try and increase housing stock but what is needed are some long term strategies to address the problems of the 5,000 people currently on the waiting list.”
An official statement by Monmouthshire County Council said:
“We have a statutory duty to help prevent homelessness and limit the use of B&B accommodation which is both financially costly, and often socially unacceptable to the homeless household.
“The role of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in providing affordable renting options is crucial for discharging our statutory homeless duties and providing accommodation to those who may struggle to access housing association accommodation or lack the ability to buy.
“To address the issue we have been successful in applying for Welsh Government funding that will assist us to engage and incentivise landlords to work with us more closely.
“We anticipate that the ‘Golden Hello’ together with further cash incentives for landlords willing to offer longer periods of settled accommodation will increase the number of properties available for households who struggle to find accommodation in their home communities near family, friends and support networks.”
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