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.
Councillor Sue Sanderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and People at South Lakeland District Council, has welcomed the news that the council's scheme to provide affordable housing is expanding.
“The Social Lettings Scheme is proving successful. Renting homes for the homeless or people threatened with homelessness is an important provision.
"The expansion of the scheme will allow the council to fulfil its target of ensuring that the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation is no more than 20 at any one time. It will also help landlords and could bring empty properties back into use.”
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.
"This is a great example of sustainable development. It will provide excellent new facilities for the public and visitors. It will encourage people to make less local car journeys and spend more time on and around the lake.”
– Councillor Peter Thornton, leader of South Lakeland District Council
The capacity of Braithwaite Fold car park will increase from 383 to 720 spaces and electric bike and car charging points will be installed.
“This is a place people can come and leave their car while they explore the area on foot, by boat or bike.
"It will help bring access to the lake to ordinary families as well as attracting visitors to the whole area.
“It’s a major investment and a vote of confidence for the area. We believe it will bring economic benefits not just to Windermere and Bowness but also to other attractions in the area.”
– Michael Keane, SLDC Assistant Director of Strategic Planning
The Chief Executive Officer of NCL and David Sykes from South Lakeland District Council have confirmed a new partnership to run sports and recreation facilities across the district for the next ten years.