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.
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