Cornwall landlords urged to help on homes

Private landlords are being offered help in an attempt to ease Cornwall's shortage of social housing.

Cornwall Council is offering landlords support from a housing officer if they have problems with a tenant referred to them by the council.

It is part of a new scheme, Stepping Stones to Homes.

Cornwall has 24,000 people on the waiting list for social housing and 450 people in temporary accommodation, including 95 in bed and breakfast.

Mark Kaczmarek, Cornwall Council cabinet member for housing and planning said: "We still have too many households in bed and breakfast and other emergency accommodation.

"We are not going to be able to offer homes to all of those people through social housing.

"We need private landlords to come forward and offer good quality homes and the council will do all it can to help them and their tenants."

Ruth Clarke, chairman of Cornwall Residential Landlords Association, said: "We applaud their introduction of a dedicated landlord liaison officer.

"The work of the officer will help to avoid many of the issues currently being faced by both landlords and tenants and should encourage landlords to work more closely with Cornwall Housing."

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