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People at risk of becoming homeless in the South Lakes are being helped by a plan to make more rented properties available.
South Lakeland District Council is more than doubling the number of homes it leases from private landlords.
They are being let out to tenants who could otherwise be excluded from private sector renting, because they are on benefits.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
Mary Giles is a landlord in Ulverston.
She was put off renting to people on benefits after bad experiences with tenants not paying the rent and wrecking the house.
She had to evict a tenant who stopped paying the rent, and when she got in to the property it was so badly ruined she stood in the living room and cried because she had spent 6 months making it a nice place to live.
This scheme has given her more assurances because the council guarantees the rent and returns the property in the same state. She says she has some wonderful tenants on DSS now.
This house in Kendal has been converted into flats as part of the scheme.
South Lakeland District Council has more than doubled its social lettings scheme because of a shortage of private rented housing in the area.
Many landlords state 'no DSS', excluding people on housing benefit, and many are also thought to be too expensive.
For the last 18 months the council has been running a scheme where the council becomes the tenant, encouraging landlords to rent to people on benefits with the added security that the council will maintain the property.
There is now money to extend the scheme from 16 to 50 homes.