The landlord is able to set the rent of the property and as long as it is affordable MBC will be able to pay a cash incentive for a limited period only until the end of August.
The urgent call for landlords is to help provide housing to residents in the most need, people facing homelessness and those on the housing register in the borough.
A dedicated ‘Homefinder’ team work closely with all landlords and residents to match the most suitable prospective tenant to the property and support them throughout the length of the tenancy.
Other incentives for landlords to work with MBC also include free extensive comprehensive landlord insurance, a bond in lieu of a deposit, a free specialist third-party inventory service, six monthly tenancy sustainment visits, reduced financial impact of ‘void periods’, free advertising and free tenant check-in and check-out. Each individual property must meet a set of MBC criteria in order to receive incentives.
Cllr Simon Webb, Lead Member for Housing and Health at MBC said:
“We really do urgently need landlords to help us if they have any available three or four bedroomed properties. We have decided to offer a generous one off payment to try and encourage anyone out there who might have a suitable property to work with our amazing Homefinder team. They will do all they can to support landlords get the best out of their properties.”
One of MBC’s key priorities is to have a place that people love and where they can afford to live which means making sure there is a good balance of different types of homes, including affordable housing.
Cllr Webb added:
“We want to continue to work with private landlords who have property in and around the Maidstone area so please contact our Homefinder Team if you can help. Ideally we need to reduce the burden on temporary accommodation and provide families with good quality, long-term sustainable housing.”
For further information, please contact the Housing Team on: 01622 602252, or email: email@example.com.