In a joint scheme run by Suffolk Coastal District Council and Solo Housing, single people in need of affordable accommodation are being matched up with householders with a spare bedroom.
The ‘Lodgings Service’ scheme, which aims to increase access to affordable accommodation for single people by supporting local people to become lodgings landlords, ran throughout 2017/18 and has now been extended into the current financial year, to enable more lodgings bed spaces to be secured.
Suffolk Coastal householders with a spare room are being asked to consider whether they could become Lodgings Landlords. Support and information for new landlords will be provided by Solo Housing, including information on the rights and responsibilities of both landlord and lodger; advice on health and safety and other relevant regulations as well as a home visit. Solo will also provide the landlord with template documentation, advice about rent setting, collection of payments and most importantly, discuss with landlords about who they may like to share their home with to provide the best match between landlord and lodger.
Those in need of accommodation will be referred to the Lodgings Service by the Council and other agencies. A detailed assessment is then carried out, by Solo Housing, into the person’s needs.
Cllr Richard Kerry, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Many people can find themselves in need of accommodation as a result of a relationship breakdown, relocation to a new area, bereavement or ill health. By becoming a Lodgings Landlord, householders can make a real difference to local people who may otherwise struggle to find accommodation.”
Solo Housing’s Chief Executive, Carolyn Howell said, ‘We are extremely pleased to be extending our longstanding partnership with Suffolk Coastal so that we can help more single people. Our model is now well established and provides mutual benefit for both for those who would like to rent out a room, perhaps to increase their income or to have someone else in the house and at the same time helping someone who is looking for affordable accommodation’.
In 2017/18, the Lodgings Service maintained or secured 51 lodging spaces in the Suffolk Coastal area.
To find out more about joining the Lodgings Service as a landlord, please visit www.solohousing.org or telephone 01379 640250.