West Lothian Council are looking to procure a mix of private let properties which are available to let.
The new Private Sector Landlord service sees the council working with landlords and agents to use private let accommodation as a means of accommodating those on the council housing waiting list until a permanent home can be sourced.
West Lothian council can offer guaranteed rental with no void rent loss periods for a minimum 12 month period. The rent will match the local housing allowance rate.
Where both the landlord/agent and West Lothian council are happy with the property and service, the agreement can be rolled over for another 12 months.
A deposit guarantee to the amount of two months' rent will be given to cover any discrepancies at the end of the tenancy out with fair wear and tear.
Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul said: "This is a great opportunity for landlords to ensure that they are guaranteed rent on their property for a minimum of 12 months.
"I would encourage all landlords who have 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom properties available and who may be interested in the scheme to contact the council's Home Choice team today."
All properties involved in the scheme must meet the high standards as normally expected on the private sector rental market.
A local couple who rent out their property through the scheme said: "We have been renting our property out to yourselves for just over 1 year. Any issues regarding repairs that you pass on to us are dealt with efficiently by ourselves, by dealing directly with the client renting the property. To date we have no problems at all and are therefore happy with the arrangements."
If you would like to register your interest or find out more please contact the West Lothian Home Choice team on 01506 282754 (option 2) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on the scheme is available via Private Landlords