Private landlords in South Ayrshire can now benefit from guaranteed long-term tenancies, thanks to a scheme set up by the local council.

South Ayrshire Council has suffered from a shortage of emergency housing in recent years and has had to rely on bed and breakfast accommodation in order to put a roof over the heads of families who find themselves homeless.

That was proving to be an expensive solution, so it has now decided to rent properties from private landlords instead.

It is willing to sign three or five-year tenancy agreements and also to take on property management responsibilities for the full period.

Councillor Douglas Campbell assured landlords that the council would ensure the homes would be well maintained.

He added: "We can improve the quality of accommodation available to customers of the council and provide a guaranteed rent to landlords in these difficult economic times."

News of the project comes after housing charity Shelter called for a review of Scotland's landlord registration scheme, which it claims has failed to prevent rogue landlords operating.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19151029-ADNFCR

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