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.
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.
Responding to the Housing Minister's visit to affordable housing in the Scottish Borders today, a spokesperson for homeless charity Shelter Scotland said the waiting lists are long.
“Long waiting lists for council and housing association homes in the Borders are typical of the picture across Scotland.The root cause of the problem is the chronic shortage of affordable homes, with 157,000 households still lingering on council house waiting lists throughout Scotland.To end the Borders and Scotland’s housing crisis for good, Shelter Scotland says the Scottish Government needs a commitment to build at least 10,000 affordable homes a year.This will bring hope to the 157,000 households on council waiting lists and much-needed jobs to our construction industry.”
– Shelter Scotland
11,983 social rented sector homes in 2011-2012
Loss of 1,251 affordable homes between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012
89 households living in temporary accommodation in March 2013
Carlisle City Council is in the process of writing a new "Local Plan", which will outline where different developments could be located in the future.
The plans, which set policies and guidelines for developments in the district over the next 15 years, include guides on new housing, business development and infrastructure, climate change and the natural and historic environment.
The council is proposing to build between 550 and 650 new homes every year until 2030 , with 70% of these homes being built in urban areas and 30% in rural areas.
You can view the detailed plans, including Preferred Options for site allocations here.