EAST Renfrewshire Council is offering private sector landlords an opportunity to lease their vacant properties to support those who require temporary accommodation.

The Private Sector Leasing Scheme will provide accommodation to both local and Ukrainian homeless residents.

It offers guaranteed rental income and a long lease of up to three years. There are no tenancy management costs and the landlord won’t have to pay any letting agent fees.

The local authority will also ensure the property is returned in its original condition.

In situations where Afghan or Ukrainian refugees require to move on from temporary accommodation, the council will consider lets in the private sector and wants to establish links with landlords who may have vacancies now or in the near future.

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In this situation, the lease would be between the landlord and tenant.

Councillor Danny Devlin, housing and maintenance convener, said: “Facing homelessness is a worrying experience for anyone, especially those who’ve recently fled their home country due to conflict, so we’re appealing to private sector landlords about both these schemes so we can continue to offer vital housing support to this vulnerable group.

“I’d encourage anyone who has a vacant property who would be interested, to get in touch and speak to the team.”

To find out more, visit eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/article/5271/Private-Sector-Leasing-Scheme.