The Residential Landlords Association is appealing for members to step up to help families flooded out of their homes in Cumbria.
The association is backing a call from South Lakeland District Council for landlords and property owners to provide rental accommodation to help those forced out of their homes after Storm Desmond hit.
The authority said it has seen a huge increase in the number of homelessness enquiries it has received, with 89 families currently in need of accommodation after being told by insurers they can no longer stay in their homes due to the flood damage.
Cherie Fox, spokesperson for South Lakeland District Council said: “An urgent appeal is being made for landlords and property owners to help with providing private rental properties in and around the South Lakeland area, suitable to accommodate families who have been flooded out by the weekend’s storms.
“We have already received many offers of help from landlords, property owners and second home owners and have been able to re-house many of the people that have contacted us and we are very grateful for the assistance received so far.”
The council is looking for properties that can be made available for up to six months, while flood-hit homes are cleaned up and repaired. The housing team is currently matching up landlords with homes available in the area with families in need.
RLA chair Alan Ward said: “This is a reminder that the Private Rented Sector is the most readily available form of housing to meet people’s needs in emergencies such as this.”
If you have a property that you could rent out to a family left homeless by the floods contact the council’s Housing Option Team on 01539 793199 and let the RLA know on 0161 4959318.