We need more private landlords, says Edith

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A city councillor is calling on more private landlords to offer affordable housing for those in desperate need.

Councillor Edith Bald, cabinet member for housing, is hoping a new approach will help those currrently living in bed and breakfasts to find housing.

The most recent census data showed that there were 15,930 homes avilable to rent in the city with only a third affordable to those on housing benefit.

The number of people who are living in bed and breakfasts has remained relatively high despite the council looking at ways to actively solve the issues for people for a number of years.

Councillor Bald said: “‘It is quite clear that our own housing stock does not meet the demand which we are facing.

“It is time to think outside the box and with 5,000 privately rented houses, which would be affordable under the housing benefit scheme, the council needs to look to these landlords to provide more homes.”

“So I am challenging myself and the rest of the council, working with officers, to come up with an action plan to provide homes to families and single people that need our help the most.”

The plan would see the council working closely with the private sector to attract more landlords to come forward to offer homes for rent.

Jane Reed, MK Council housing assistant director, said: “We are working on a number of ideas and initiatives that we will bring forward to Cabinet.”