Monmouthshire County Council is calling on private landlords to help provide one bedroomed accommodation for those in need across the county.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the council’s housing team has accommodated a number of homeless residents in temporary accommodation. Since April 2020, 213 people have been placed in temporary accommodation. These residents now require assistance to move into more settled accommodation.

Landlords who are willing to offer properties to these residents will receive incentives such as advanced rent payments, a named contact to liaise with around tenancy issues and an assurance that any tenancies granted will be closely monitored during the length of the tenancy.

Cabinet Member for Social Justice and Community Development, Councillor Sara Jones said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected people and their physical health, it has also affected their financial situation with many residents becoming unemployed or struggling financially and with the threat of losing their homes hanging over them. Everyone has the right to a warm, safe environment – a place where they can feel settled. That’s why we are calling on private landlords to help people living in temporary accommodation and B&Bs so we can provide them with a place they can call home.”

Councillor Bob Greenland, Cabinet Member for Innovation said: “Private Landlords who can provide secure accommodation, particularly one-bed properties, will make a positive contribution to the lives of many of our residents who are facing a difficult time, and in return can expect a generous package of incentives from the council’s social letting agency. Please don’t hesitate getting in touch, we have a wonderful team on hand waiting for your call.”

For further information, please contact Lindsay Stewart on tel: 01291 635713, Mobile: 07899040624

Email: lindsaystewart@monmouthshire.gov.uk