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North Devon landlords asked to lease empty homes to council

By This is NorthDevon  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

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Landlords with empty homes in North Devon are being asked to help make their properties available to people facing homelessness.

Between April and December 2012, North Devon Council placed 52 households in temporary accommodation.

The council now wants to hear from more landlords who could lease two and three bedroom homes in Barnstaple, South Molton and Ilfracombe, to continue to meet the demand.

Councillor Faye Webber, Executive member for Housing, said: "There are a number of households that come to us, asking for housing help. Although we can offer rental income to landlords to help us provide temporary accommodation, the success is really down to them coming forward with properties in the first place. Therefore, I would encourage landlords to contact us, so that together we can help more people in real need of housing."

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As well as two and three bedroom homes, there is also a current need for a five bedroom shared house in Barnstaple.

All properties must be in good condition, with adequate heating and unfurnished. In return, landlords will get:

• a competitive rental income, paid quarterly in advance

• guaranteed rental income for the lease period, even if the property is empty

• a fixed term lease of between one and three years

• no management fees

• guaranteed vacant possession of the property and in a good state of repair and decoration (excluding fair wear and tear)

For more information, landlords are asked to contact Housing Options on 01271 388870 or email housingoptions@northdevon.gov.uk.

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